ETHOS: PHEOBE

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SPECS

  • 400 gsm(gm/2)*
  • Width- 70 cm
  • Blend- Cotton warp/Banana fiber weft
  • Straight twill weave OR Plain weave
  • Hand wash on cold, air dry
  • starting price about $158

*GSM or gm/2 = grams per square meter and is the metric measurement of the weight of a fabric.

Handwoven in Nepal from hand spun yarn; ETHOS PHOEBE lives up to its ethical name by its very nature.
The Napali weavers weave these wraps as a humanitarian effort to help the relief effort from the earthquakes in 2015.
The sale of each handwoven buys fresh water, food, schooling facilities, shelters, toilet facilities, livestock, bedding, and much more for families in Nepal.

The Banana fiber, which is also sourced ethically in Nepal, resembles bamboo and ramie fiber. However, banana fiber is actually of a higher grade and is much finer thus making it easier to spin.
Despite its fineness, banana fiber is extremely durable and has a natural luster that gives it a shiny appearance.

DID YOU KNOW?

That spun banana yarn and woven banana textiles are very moisture absorbent and because their processing does not involve chemicals, they are completely bio-degradable!!!
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HOW PHOEBE TESTED….

I did receive both weave types however I spent most of my wrapping time using the straight twill weave.
When I picked up this folded wrap, my first thought was “she’s so HEAVY”!
However, it was pretty deceiving because when I unfurled her she was quite light and airy.
Really, it was like woven wrap magic!

Ethos Phoebe does not wrap as her gsm would have you believe, while I tested with a size 7 (my base +2) there was quite a lot of fabric; however it was easily manageable and never felt like it was weighing me down.

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I wish I could describe for you how Ethos Phoebe felt, but I’m lacking the vocabulary to accuretely convey the softness; especially to those who have never used a handwoven wrap, but all the nubs and slubs and fuzzy fibers that help make such a unique yarn; made for the softest wrap I’ve ever felt up to date.

Seriously, if they made this into a blanket for my bed or a throw for my couch, I most certainly would buy it!!!

 

This was my first official tester so I stuck with the basics: the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) and the Double Hammock (DH). I really wish I took it for its paces though, but hindsight and all that.
Anyways, this wrap was basically made of sleepy dust(a term babywearers use meaning your child can easily falls asleep in it) and was so comfortable.
There was absolutely no dig on my shoulders and with each pass the grip was envious. I did find trying to tighten strand by strand actually made my passes a little loose; it definitely worked better(for me at least) to tighten in larger sections.
The width was just right for my 20 month old toddler. Given the proper size this wrap would be great for newborns because again snugly softness, but it most certainly will stand up to even the most wiggly of toddlers!

Using banana fibers was new to me in terms of weave material, however it was very soft (which for some reason when I hear the term fiber I think coarse not soft) but that really was far from the truth; and you could see a subtle sheen up close from the wefts.
So, I did have the joy to not only test the straight twill weave but also the plain weave. I’m honestly not entirely sure why, but the twill weave was my JAM!!!!
For both variations though, the passes really slide into place and gripped quite nicely. I didn’t feel I had to continuously adjust or move around to get myself and my son comfortable.

I thought because it was a Natty woven I would be scared to use it, but because of its sturdiness and lovely cush factor; I could easily see this being a workhorse wrap for me. I was constantly grabbing for it. My son at the time was teething, so nursing often was key, and with this wrap; ESPECIALLY dropping down to nurse and maintaining tension, as well as keeping a good seat were essential to this extended breastfeeding momma.

ETHOS PHOEBE was a wonderful wrap and after finally writing this review, I honestly think I might add it to my permanent stash. Do not be scared that it is a natural woven and might get dirty(because lets face it; what anything doesn’t have a little smudge here or there from small children or *gasp* a makeup smear from our chins), I promise you this wrap is worth every penny!!! It is fantastic and I hope to try another Ethos wrap in the future!!!
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