Natibaby Olive Swallows (Hemp Blend)
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Another run of swallows, but this time in a delightful hemp blend.
This is a jacquard weave woven in olive and anthracite grey threads
Release date: 26 April 2013
I have not had a chance to wrap with this swallows yet. In hand, the right side of the wrap has a shiny, soft feel to it, but the wrong side (well, not wrong, but back side) of the wrap has a rough, window screen type of texture. This is fairly normal for Nati hemp wraps. It feels like it will be a normal Nati hemp wrap and that it will break in to be wonderfully soft. It feels a bit more rough in texture to me than Green Hemp Clovers, but it is nowhere near as rough as hemp Hokkaido, which will go down in history as the beastliest of beastly hemp wraps ever.
Many of us baby our wraps when it comes to washing. Hemp is one fabric that does not need to be overly babied. Hemp is dense and fibrous. It is an incredibly strong, durable fabric. If you want your hemp wraps to be buttery soft, you will need to break down the hemp fibers (because let's face it, that's what breaking in a wrap is--breaking down the fibers). Heat is going to do that. Many people prefer to wash in warm or hot water and tumble dry on warm or high heat. I do dry my hemp on medium heat and then remove it when damp to air dry. A good steam ironing will also help the breaking in process. Hemp is one of the few fibers that can take the heat and hold up remarkably well. You do not need to wash in warm water or do a warm tumble dry to break hemp in, but the heat is going to hasten the process without the typical wear.
Hemp tends to retain heat, so many people do not prefer to use it during warmer temperatures, or if they do, they prefer to do single layer carries. This is subjective though as some people prefer hemp during the summer.