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Archive: Natibaby Lutea Sky (Silk Ramie Blend)

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Lutea is such a light, whimsical pattern and this color combination is absolutely stunning. "Sky" is the perfect name for this wrap. The blue is a brilliant bright blue and is the same blue thread used in Blue Yellow Elves, Blue White Deer, the rerun of Blue White Swallows, and in Blue Yellow Butterflies.

This is a jacquard weave woven in blue and white threads.

68% cotton

19% ramie

13% silk

Release Date: 7 March 2013

I have really enjoyed wrapping with the silk/ramie blends released so far this year. They are medium weight, easy with which to wrap, and the ramie cuts the smell and sheen of the silk. They tend to feel a bit dense and flat when brand new, but fluff up to be soft and squishy with breaking in. It offers good support and some cush on the shoulders, although it is not the cushiest wrap I have wrapped with by any means.

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 it 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. 

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.

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