“Bricolage” means a collection of diverse or different things. So it’s no surprise that Silver Lining Slings’ Bricolage pattern has a number of inspirations, from, as owner Sonia Parella says, everything from “Japanese patterns to Aztec motifs and Kilim rug patterns.” You can see that very well in one of their colored Bricolage weaves, Sakura or Kabocha: the motifs reflect vintage Japanese kimonos, traditional ikat, and more. Basically, if this pattern were a person, it would model for Benetton.
You can’t see the gorgeous pattern as much in Bricolage Shiro, the new natty colorway in pima cotton. Pima cotton, with its extra long staple, is similar to but even more luxurious than Egyptian cotton. It’s named for the Native Americans who first cultivated it in the US (though the varietal itself comes from Peru), making it an important part of US textile heritage. Silver Lining Slings buys the cotton exclusively from the US, and has it spun in its mill in North Carolina.
Traditional influences + local business = perfect storm of hippie. I’m naming this the official baby wrap of Portlandia.
As gorgeous as the pattern is, you don’t see it much in Bricolage Shiro; it comes off mostly as some serious texture. The texture itself reminds me of a Pavo etini, as does its heft: this is a beefcake at 340 gsm in loom state. Between the shallow tapers and the heft, this wraps about a size short; I mostly used this size 4 for ruck variations.
And what a ruck wrap. The long staple pima cotton gives Bricolage Shiro some serious fluff and cush, which makes it heavenly on the shoulder, and the texture lends plenty of stretch and bounce. I used this with some sleeping bowling ball babies (did this come with unicorn sparkle sleepy dust? Because my kids kept falling asleep in it) and it held up well. After about half an hour with a sleeping thirty pounder, while doing some fairly vigorous housework that had me twisting and turning a lot, my shoulders started to bother me a bit. But I solved that with a candycane chest belt. My 20lb Sunny slept in it regularly with no issues.
That’s good that it holds up well for big kids, because with its thickness, this isn’t a newborn wrap. That’s a shame, since the pima is so soft and fluff-ful, but you’d lose a squish in this thing. I found it easy to tighten and move around. Despite the texture, it didn’t feel like a total wrestling match, and held a pirate carry (RRRR) with some lovely bounce.
Two layers of this, though – wow. It’ll keep you warm, and that’s great for this time of year. If you need some extra layers to keep you toasty, Bricolage Shiro is a great choice.
Buy this in a short or medium length to wrap your toddler; use a long length to carry your preschooler or beer-bellied brother-in-law, possibly at the same time.
Only drawback? Because pima cotton is so absorbent, it can suck up stains. So no wet parking lots for this baby. That might make it an awesome dye blank, though.
Bricolage Shiro goes on sale January 15th, will go from $165 for a size 2 up to $265 for a size 7. It looks to be pretty popular right now, and sure to sell out in minutes, much like many of SLS’s other releases. Good luck, stalkers!
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