Natibaby first released Forest in Red Wine Linen in February 2012. It wasn't exactly one of the more popular wraps, but over the past year it has gained a strong cult following making it one of Nati's more sought after wraps.
Forest has been released in linen and cashmere blends. This is the first silk blend. It is also the first ramie blend.
This is a jacquard weave woven in green (this is a very soft grass green color. The perfect spring green) and natural threads.
Release Date: 15 January 2013
What is ramie? Ramie is a flowering plant that is native to eastern Asia. It is commonly known as "China Grass." It has been used in textile production for centuries and has been found in the wrappings of Egyptian mummies (circa 5000-3000 BCE). It is one of the strongest natural fibers available and can be up to 6-8 times stronger than cotton, especially when wet (ramie is unique in that is one of the rare fibers that is stronger when wet)
Ramie is most often blended with other fabrics because it increases the strength, absorbency, and dye affinity of the other fabrics in the blend.
A unique advantage (or so I am told) of this particular silk/ramie blend is that the ramie cuts the silk smell a bit. I'm not sensitive to the smell of silk, so I cannot verify this.
Natibaby silk is known for being fairly dense and thick. Out of the package, it can be bulky and awkward with which to wrap. But after breaking in, Nati silk wraps tend to be marshmallowy soft. Because of their thickness, Nati silk blend wraps tend to offer good support for heavier babies and toddlers.