The Dukes - Babywearingphotography

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Review – Firespiral Slings Red Earth Glasto Festival

100% combed cotton
Alchemy weave

We are testing this wrap for a while now and it is finally time to write down my thoughts about it. I am a FiSpi fan for a long time now, my first wrap from this brand was an Amber Starmap and I even boomeranged it once because I really like the design. Every wrap I had in hand had great quality so that I was very curious when they asked me to test a wrap. I also really like the philosophy of Firespiral Slings. I still remember their early days and that it was one of their main aims to make these wraps accessable for everyone. They didn’t just want to make limited edition but also a stock of wraps in their online shop so that everyone who wants it gets it. They write about their production on their website “Firespiral Slings jacquard woven baby wraps are made entirely within the North West of England. We use small, local producers and suppliers wherever possible with ecological and ethical production embedded into our ethos.”

Red Earth Glasto Festival is woven in the alchemy weave. Firespiral Slings have different weaves with different characteristics.
It is very floppy and the weave feels pretty loosely but this also makes it incredibly soft. Right out of the wash it didn’t need any breaking in. It is on the thinner side and has a nice amount of diagonal stretch. When I first wrapped with it I found it a little bit difficult to tighten the part around the bum because of this stretch. So it was sagging sometimes what I could correct by spreading the strands over the baby’s bum. I had the same problem in a Double Hammock. But after a while I got used to the wrap and learned how to handle it. In a single layer carry it is absolutely perfect for a newborn or a small baby. When the kid gets bigger and heavier I would choose a more layer carry to get more support. I think it might also work with a toddler but maybe just for a short period of time. The pattern gives this wrap a little bit of structure so that there is no slipping back if you made the knot (which is pretty small, I like that!)

The colours of this wrap are really hard to capture on a photo because they depend on the light. It shows its true beauty in sunlight when the red and orange of the weft begin to shine and glow. On a dark winter day it might look a little bit colourless. The green warp makes it look earthy and warm, I really loved to wrap with it during the autumn season when all the leaves turned red. One side is more red and orange and the other one shows the green a little bit so that you have two different wraps in one.

One thing I recognized is that this wrap is pretty much prone to pulls because of it’s loose weaving. But they are easy to fix so you shouldn’t be afraid of using this easy care wrap for all occasions. The colours are also very forgiving, you don’t see every cookie stain 😉

I really appreciated to test this Festival because it is different to the ones I had before and if any friend will ask me now which wrap I can recommend, I am definitely point them to Firespiral because this big pile of soft fluff is perfect for first snuggles.

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