Wrapahula is a Wakefield based business that, up to now, has focused on making quality baby carriers, bags and accessories out of woven wraps. Now, however, they have added their own range of woven wraps. There are two currently available, Enigma Under The Sea and Enigma Arizona Sunset. Luckily, I got to try out both! One in wrap form and one in wrap tai form. This review will cover both, as they are both the same weave, and will look at how they work as a wrap and as a wrap tai.
So, first impressions for Arizona Sunset: the colours are absolutely fantastic. Purples, pinks, oranges and yellows blend together seamlessly to recreate a beautiful sunset motif. Arizona Sunset is inspired by Wrapahula seamstress Sarah’s own time spent in Arizona; she says that some of her favourite memories of Arizona were spent watching the sun set by the lake. This vision has definitely been realised here, I absolutely love the way the grads fade into each other and the vibrancy of the colours.
Under The Sea is very different; this colour way is inspired by Sarah’s honeymoon with husband Byron where they explored coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. Featuring bright turquoise, rich jade and deep purple, this wrap has a fine black line that separates each herringbone. Wrapahula say this is to signify the darker, deeper parts of the ocean that have yet to be explored. Personally, I feel that the black lines give this wrap an almost pop-art feel. The colours are very reminiscent of The Little Mermaid for me, and with the black lines added it’s almost like Ariel met Andy Warhol. It makes me want to dye my hair red!
The Enigma wraps feature a wide, herringbone weave. At 270gsm, and all cotton, these wraps are blankety and have a lovely texture. In hand, the soft cotton and the herringbone ribbing combine to create a feeling that is not dissimilar to comfortable cord trousers. It’s an interesting juxtaposition; the fabric has glide but you can feel how the way it is woven creates grip too.
And this is also noticeable when wrapping. I had Under The Sea in wrap (UTS) in wrap form, and I found it absolutely lovely. Right from the off the wrap was mouldable and cushy, with passes easily made and also well held. I used this wrap in a few different carries, mainly FWCC, Eleville Half Jordans, and a simple Ruck. I found it most comfortable in an EHJ, Rosie felt high and supported, and practically weightless as the wrap took the strain. It was easy to make a good, solid wrap job for my little wriggling seat popper. There is a small amount of give, or stretch, in the wrap which stops it from being a thick and unruly beast and instead makes it pliable. That said, I did find it required some effort to make a knot when tying on the tippy tails – I find the Enigma wraps have a good width, with tapers on the blunter side, and I noticed it there!
The glide was particularly noticeable when doing an EHJ. I tend to suffer from a case of ‘T-Rex arms,’ and this carry is one I sometimes struggle with when putting the last pass in place. With the Enigma wraps, I found the last pass easy to pull into place – and it didn’t slip down either. In terms of grip, this was very noticeable with the FWCC. I didn’t feel a need to double knot as it held very well. It also suffered from next to no sag; once its in place and tightened it’s not moving.
These qualities transfer well into a wrap tai. I tried Enigma – Arizona Sunset in a Wrapahula wrap tai, and I found it to be a very comfortable carrier. The carrier itself is well made, with good build quality and precise stitching. The Enigma wraps work well as conversions, as they are thick enough to feel sturdy and strong but soft enough to mould nicely around you and baby.
I particularly liked the wide, pleated wrap straps and the padded waist. Due to the pleating, the straps fanned out nicely allowing me to distribute Rosie’s weight well, and the padded waist felt secure and firm. I also rather liked the fairly long length of the straps; it gave me enough length to do some fancy finishes and really show off the pretty colours. Also, I am a fan of swishy tails. They hide a multitude of mum tum sins! If you’re not a fan of long straps, don’t worry. Wrapahula do customised carriers so you could have one made to your specifications and preferences. All converting is done in house by Sarah herself, and it shows. I couldn’t fault anything with this carrier, quality control is clearly high and a big priority.
Overall, I have to say I really enjoyed the Enigma wraps, in both forms. They have lovely wrapping qualities, very pretty colours, and require next to no breaking in. Wrapahula have aimed to make a wrap that offers the qualites required for advanced techniques while also being accessible for beginners, and they have certainly succeeded here. I will be very interested to see what they come up with next!
If you are interested in owning your own Enigma wrap, they are available to purchase here.