“So, in conclusion, if you are someone that cares about the world but also about how you look, and want to keep your baby close but in style without compromising with the comfort – then Löft has what you need. Especially if you don’t mind fixing a pull now and then. I am looking forward to what will come next from this promising company!”
I have gotten to try the upcoming release Bishnu from Danish Löft and I’m gonna tell you a little about it. Löft is a fairly new company that sell handwoven ring slings, produced in Nepal and northern Thailand by female artisans. The production is fair and by buying these ring slings you are supporting female empowerment and using your consumer power to do good. I mean that’s a great start, right? Now I have, like I said, tried Bishnu which will be released on April 21st but I also got a chance to play with an earlier release, Shiva, for a little little while. This is a brand that is said to focus on Scandinavian design combined with traditional weaving methods and that goal is fulfilled. Both slings I’ve tried has a classy, beautiful and sober aura. It’s the kind of sling that will improve your look in a subtle way. So let’s talk Bishnu. Bishnu consists of 30% cashmere, 30% silk and 40% cotton. It has a (terrifying) GSM of 380. My first impression opening the box was wow (which by the way was the same opening Shiva). It’s such a piece of art. Now I was afraid of two things when I expected this wrap, the heaviness/thickness and the high amount of cashmere. None of them has posed any problem. The high GSM – well, it is a handwoven wrap which makes it a little difficult to compare to machine woven ones regarding GSM. It is not thin of course, it is a fluffy and slightly thicker wrap but it is more of marshmallow than heaviness. I have not yet had any issues with the cashmere, impressively enough. The wrap does arrive with quite a few pulls and threads and a few weaversknots. These are informed about on the website and they are a result of the primitive hand weaving process – and I think that it is good to know about them forehand since it can take a little while to sort them out if you don’t mind them being there. The good part of it is that you get to know the weave pretty well which I find (oddly) satisfying. What I also appreciate is the personality you get from this kind of fabric. It really feels organic, living and vibrant in a way that machine woven fabric rarely does. It also do tend to be a little pull prone, being a fairly loose and airy weave. The ring sling is about 2 meters long and has black rings. Bishnu has black and white threads making it almost dark grey from distance and closer up you really spot the black and white. The width is 75 cm, so quite a wide wrap.
Now, I am team thin when it comes to wraps. I like my wraps thin and easycare, so this is like the opposite of what I should like. Regardless of that, I really like it. I like the idea of having an elegant sling that works beautifully both wearing your baby and wearing around the neck. Being a little thicker and fluffier makes it great for the shoulder, which is important when it comes to ring slings considering the uneven wearing. The width can however feel somewhat wide, especially in the shoulder area where all the fabric gathers. Comparing Shiva with Bishnu – Shiva is thinner and for me a little easier to use but Bishnu feels more robust and is still easy to tighten. It is pretty glidey which is good in a ring sling, in my opinion, but it still has some grip and it doesn’t loose tension whilst wearing. It has a little stretch (less than Shiva but still a little) and it doesn’t sag or bounce too much. It feels strong enough to wear bigger babies and toddlers but soft enough to carry small ones. Bishnu is really is soft right out of the bag, and requires a minimal effort breaking in. The weave is airy like I mentioned and it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly warm even though it is a little thicker and has cashmere in it. I would maybe not use it on the hottest of climates, but here in the north it rarely gets that hot that I wouldn’t be able to wear it. So, in conclusion, if you are someone that cares about the world but also about how you look, and want to keep your baby close but in style without compromising with the comfort – then Löft has what you need. Especially if you don’t mind fixing a pull now and then. I am looking forward to what will come next from this promising company! You will find their products at: https://loeft.dk/