Review: Sjala Rowan Dew on Grass 6

Blend: 12% linen 88% cotton
Length: 4.77
Width: 0.645
Weight: 988 gsm
GSM: 277 (from Sjala) 988/3.08=320 (measured after wash and wear)
Recoil/bounce: Slim to non (besides obligatory diagonal stretch)
Grip/glide: Slightly more glide than grip
Cush: Subtle
Wrappee: 2 years, 13 kg

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First encounter

I first saw it on a picture Yvonne (Sjala’s owner) sent me. Wow! Bright green. Not what I expected. Up until then all the Rowans had been monochrome, dusty pastels or something in between. This was surely something else. It’s a bright, clear green, like leaves in the spring, before the chlorophyll has truly settled. This is paired with a crisp, light grey. Actually, crisp is a keyword here. I don’t want to scare people off, but this is a rather densely woven wrap with linen. They come crispy. And they want to be tamed. But it’s fun, though. A toddler might come in handy. They usually love hammocks and swings too.

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The Rowan pattern is one of my favourites in the wrap world. If you live in the Nordic countries, it’s impossible to not have some kind of relationship to Rowan shrubs and trees. They are everywhere! With their finned leaves and red berries, they are quite decorative, I’d say.

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Wrapping qualities

I used this wrap for almost a month without sharing the colour or blend with anyone in the babywearing world. That was so hard, I wanted to show them all. I used in a front wrap cross carry, double hammock variations and ruck. I took it hiking. I took it to the beach. I used it as a hammock, blanket, towel and even used it for toddler proofing when we found ourselves in a cabin on a cliff, more or less. This wrap never disappointed or made me worry.

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Once I walked an hour with my toddler in a front wrap cross carry. I didn’t feel any discomfort anywhere. There’s very little stretch, just a tiny little obligatory diagonal stretch. The sturdiness makes it an ideal wrap for hikes. Personally, I think silent wraps are kickass ruck wraps. I used it in a ruck tied Tibetan on several occasions. It was rock stable and really comfortable. But it needs to be properly tightened and positioned, I think. It would be really interesting to try it in a pirate carry, with a supporting layer you will probably get close to weightlessness as you do in a double hammock. The glide makes second passes a breeze, but you need to focus on keeping tension before you tie a double knot. Yes, double knots are in order here. There’s some grip, the Rowan pattern delivers it well, but this one has much less grip than Hurricane and Metal at the Disco. Cush is not part of the deal here, at least not yet. A lot can happen when wraps break in, which I find it very exiting. During the last days I had this wrap with me, the cotton started to become flossy and soft. The wrap began to loose its crispiness. It felt much more mouldable. I think it started to get tamed. I’m so exited to get it back after the other mamas have beaten it into submission.

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I’m debating with myself whether to call this wrap medium to thin or medium to thick. I mean; it’s not thick at all. While truly medium by weight, it feels thin in hand due to its dense weave. So it folds up rather small. It will not take a lot of space in your handbag while you run off after your toddler or in your nursing bag.

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This wrap is suitable for a bigger baby or toddler, a least initially, before it breaks in or if you’re not an experienced wrapper. It might be okay to use on a squish in the end, but it will not be my first choice. Also, because of its sturdiness, it’s easy to tighten too much and loose the naturally curving spine you would aim for.

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I had the pleasure of having this in a size 6, which is by far my favourite size if I have to choose just one. No wonder, that was perfect for me. But this one would also be a great shorty. With this one’s low care level it would be a perfect wrap for a holiday or just the everyday companion that you never need to worry about. It is pretty impossible to get pulls in.

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Who would love this:

• Lovers of silent and medium thick wraps
• Lovers of fresh and crisp colours
• Those who can appreciate an easycare beater

Who would be more lukewarm to this:

• People who prefer grip to glide
• People that hate to break in a wrap
• Those who prefer cush and bounce

Thank you Yvonne Fransson Duran for making this exquisite lush wrap and sending it to me  Huge thanks to my photographing boyfriend ❤

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