Before I review this wrap; I need to explain why it is so special to me, and how I came to own it.
If you have read my previous review on Artipoppe: Argus Majesty; you will be aware of how beautiful, intricate and supportive these wraps are. They are desired by many babywearers around the globe, but come with a hefty price tag. I have dreamed of owning one since I saw one a year and a half ago but came to terms with the fact this would probably never come true.
Even so, I joined the Artipoppe fan page on Facebook and just oggled at all the beautiful wraps. Eventually I plucked up the courage to ask how on earth people could just afford to fork out anything from £300 – £1000 on these wraps and so many mummas gave me advice. They told me that some mummas do sell at retail, and it is possible to sometimes pay in bits, this got me really excited and I started saving and sold a few of my wraps to gather up funds.
One mumma messaged me, offering her size 4 Russian Tyger and said I could pay in installments. I was mega excited and sent over the first £75. After a few weeks I got a message from her, she was sending out the tyger for me and I hadn’t even finished paying it off! Then a few more messages later, she said I could have it!!! I was in shock! My brain suddenly couldn’t work out what ‘have it’ meant.
She was so proud of all the work I had been doing with the slingmeet that she was letting me have her tyger for the one installment I had paid. Now after the previous few years I’d had; a horrible relationship breakdown, postnatal depression anxiety and insomnia among other things, I was really beginning to lose faith in kindness. To put it more accurately, I had become near agoraphobic, untrusting and found it very difficult to form relationships with anyone.
This one act made me so happy, restored my faith in humanity and showed me that it’s not all bad. Also, it taught me that if you don’t ask you don’t get, and the babywearing community is so amazing!!!
So thank you mumma, you probably have no idea how much of an effect your simple act of kindness has done for me. This wrap will stay close to my heart forever as a reminder to why I am so proud to be a babywearer, and will remind me in those dark days that not everyone out there is bad.
Now on to the review!!!! 🙂
I tracked this wrap from Germany to Southampton like a crazy woman. As soon as it arrived I was desperate to try it out. Tyger was neatly folded and resting in its soft pink velvet bag.
I gently pulled the wrap out and rested it on my lap, just brushing my hand on it I could feel how stunningly soft it was, the pink married with the white was perfect and gave the strong tyger a delicate look and feel. In short, the first impressions I got of this wrap were that it was the opposite of what I my last review.
Rather than being tough and beastly, this wrap was soft, stunning and delicate. However the stripes give it a feisty look, which I love. This tyger is made up of 48% ecru egyptian cotton, and 52% cashmere, and is a medium weight of 249 gr/m2. This is what gives it its softness, and makes it perfect for any sized child from newborns to pre-school.
What I love about the Artipoppes I have tried so far, including this one, is their length. Tyger is only a 4 (3.6 metres) and most would struggle to get a double hammock out of a size 4. Artipoppes on the other hand have a little extra, which means that I can just about tie it off and use my favourite quick back carry.
When it comes to carrying, this wrap is a dream. The softness of the cotton/cashmere blend, and the medium weight makes it slightly slippy. Meaning that spreading the back pass on a double hammock, which can be quite tricky with more grippy wraps, is much much easier. It does mean however, that you need to make sure the double knot is tied nice and tight.
Looking in closer at the wrap, you have to give respect to the amazing talent in weaving them. The pink and white kiss each other beautifully and it fascinates me how these stunning stripes are constructed.
In these macro shots you can see the fluffines of the cashmere.
When it comes to wrapping qualities, this wrap is amazing. If you’re a beginner, but wanting to go in to wrapping at a high end price, this wrap is perfect. If you’re more experienced, and like me have a heavy pre schooler, this wrap is perfect. Tyger hugs my pre schooler, and my toddler finds it the perfect place to bury himself in and cuddle up.
This wrap retails at: Size 2(€260) Size 3(€290) Size 4(€320) Size 5(€350) Size 6(€380) Size 7 (€410), the current market value is higher than this, but like I said, kindness is everywhere!!
This wrap is definitley permastash. Tyger is just perfect in every way!
Artipoppe is a wrap lab founded in the Netherlands in October 2012 by Anna Ven Den Bogert. The etsy shop and facebook page has rapidly grown in popularity since its opening, becoming infamous amongst the high end babywearing world for the stunning and intricate designs, stunning fabric blends and small stock. With some releases only containing a few wraps, the demand is extremely high and stock will often sell out in a matter of seconds.
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Artipoppe etsy shop
https://www.facebook.com/Artipoppe/timeline facebook page