Released: 2 December 2016
Blend: Egyptian Cotton
Wrappee: 2 years 13 kg
Width: 0.64 m
Weight: 637 g
GSM: 240 (prewash) 252 (after wash and wear)
The wrap is rather lightweight but intensively structured by its busy pattern in ecru and pale, cold blue/borderline grey. The pattern is abstract and I wasn’t aware at first of what they had in mind when they designed it, but I think I’ve seen similar patterns in frozen water, or maybe broken glass. After doing some research I realized that the pattern mimics brush strokes. It’s rather abstract, that’s for sure!
After a wash the pattern really popped, but I ironed it back into place. I checked for stretch, diagonally there’s some, but orthogonally there’s practically none. The pale blue yarn has a nice shine to it. Some of the cotton is mercerized, meaning it has been treated chemically, making it denser, stronger and shiny. That makes the low contrast pattern more interesting. Four different ways of weaving has been applied when making it. I wish I knew more about that.
I used this in double hammock rapid, sheperds, double hammock traditional, pirate carry and ruck tied in front. It’s very easy to wrap with. It was a little bit stiff after wash and iron, it’s densely woven after all, but after just three ups I had a very soft, mouldable and quite fluid wrap on my hands. I could practice carries that I normally don’t think I master so well, because it was so easy to put in place and tighten. It does have some obligatory diagonal stretch, though very little, so I would say it’s rather mute. It has equal amount of glide and grip, so there’s no challenge to tighten, though the passes aren’t slipping back while wrapping. You will need a double knot to seal the deal, though.
It is a strong wrap, despite its thinness, but it has no cush. If you have a heavy child you will feel more comfortable in double layer carries. But if you have a rather young and little child, don’t worry. Most likely won’t need any cush to feel comfortable. But you will learn to wrap very well and precise. Because it’s easy with Bijou Abstract Mirage!
It’s cool to touch and in a way it feels like linen. Maybe it’s the mercerized cotton? It’s perfect in a warm climate, mostly because it’s thin. I was travelling with it during summer. And you know, travelling alone with a toddler; it’s a sweaty experience. This wrap was performing awesome in airports, trains, in town, ups and downs while juggling a suitcase and an adventurous toddler. I was only complaining when we were on our way home with a fewer and aching muscles. I guess then, very few wraps will do.
Due to its thinness and dense weave it folds up incredibly small. It’s a perfect handbag-wrap, to bring around for emergencies when stubborn, little toddler feet gets tired. Also you can take it anywhere, sit on it, use it as a towel and introduce it to Velcro. The dense weave and absence of long floaters won’t easily allow pulled threads. This together with all cotton blend makes it truly easycare!
Bijou Abstract Mirage would be great for a beginner or for someone practising new carries. It breaks in super easy. It’s rather narrow, 64 cm, which is rare for budget wraps I´ve realized. Because it’s narrow and thin it will work very well with small babies, but I does work with toddlers too. Personally I think narrow wraps are quite delightful.
Who would love this:
• Lovers thin and strong wraps
• Those who hate breaking in a wrap
• People who don’t like bounce and stretch
Who would be more lukewarm to this:
• Lovers of thick and forgiving wraps
• Those needing a little stretch or bounce in their wraps
Thanks to Erle Jansen at carryme.no for providing me with this wrap to expand my wrapsperience :*