Newcomer Bijou Wear is testing out some brand-new fibers this summer with their mid-range ($165 for a size 6) High Plains Windmills. The wrap uses eco2cotton, a trademarked brand of recycled cotton. It works like this: fibers and clippings are collected, as the company says, “after the cut and sew process”. They’re sorted by color and blended together, then, in this case, spun into brand new “cotton-like” yarn. It’s preconsumer waste, not postconsumer, but recycling is recycling, and this is certainly eco-friendly.
So Bijou Wear spun eco2cotton into the weft of High Plains, and the look is natty on natty, sort of like Didymos’s tussah silk nino or Tekhni’s tussah sillk chai. The windmills look almost like suns when wrapped, and while I wasn’t too sold on the weave in hand, I loved to wear it, especially when I could get one of those big windmills directly centered on my double hammock.
It’s a beefcake, this wrap, at 325 gsm, and marketed as good for toddlers. It’s thick like molasses in January. It feels blankety in hand, and the feel carries over to the wrap job. I found I could only use it in single-layer carries in Southern heat (95 degrees), and I didn’t take it hiking because I’d have died of heat exhaustion.
I struggle to describe how High Plains wraps. It’s not bouncy at all, and has very little stretch. It’s grippy. The grip and lack of stretch makes it a little bit of a wrestling match to wrap. But the shoulder feel … is strange. It’s marshmallow-y cushy. However, you can sometimes feel the pressure of the wrap, and it’s possible get pressure, not points, but sections. It doesn’t get diggy – it’s too thick. It gets pressure-y instead.
I also found I got some sag from High Plains. So in the end, it reminded me of a linen that won’t feel ropey on the shoulders, but cushy. You need to wrap High Plains carefully. When you do that, it’s a marshmallow-cush delight, pleasantly taut, and super soft. When you don’t wrap it well, High Plains is saggy and pressure-y, icky on the shoulders. So you have to pay attention to it.
I liked it in multilayer and single layer carries alike, on the front and on the back. This really is a good wrap for a toddler, if you love linen and know how to wrap carefully (or are willing to learn). Sloppy wrappers who want something thick to make up for a crap wrap job need not apply. Overall, I liked it, and I’ll be sad to see it go.
Go to one of you, because Bijou Wear and I are giving it away on my Facebook page. This is the original High Plains prototype, so it’s all broken in and floppy.