More about DIDYMOS Woven Wraps


Beautiful, resilient, ecologically credible and produced under tight control: DIDYMOS is applying rigid standards concerning the manufacturing of its baby slings. The reward for their efforts are enthusiastic customers and numerous awards. For example, all DIDYMOS baby slings that were tested received the best grade „sehr gut“ (very good) from german magazine „Öko-Test“.


Quality

Alongside with cotton Didymos uses more high quality materials for their wraps like hemp and linen or silk. DIDYMOS presents the highest quality challenges to its suppliers. All yarns are processed under their survey in Germany and Austria.

Their baby slings are tested regularly by the ECO institute. Until today, they have always received the valuation „einwandfrei“ (impeccable).

With almost 40 years of experience behind them, they have compiled an extensive list of criteria for DIDYMOS baby slings. According to this a DIDYMOS sling has the following characteristics:

  • It is woven in such a way that it supports the body of the child all over evenly and has built-in elasticity. 
  • Even after a long time of use and pressure it does not stretch and wear out. 
  • The edges have double hems so that the cloth of the sling keeps its shape even after prolonged carrying. 
  • The dyes are not poisonous, free from any heavy metals and completely non-allergic to the skin. 
  • The fabric is not processed, finished or otherwise treated either before or after manufacture. 
  • Auxiliary materials like dressings or lubricants are not used during the weaving process. 
  • The cotton is free from poisonous chemicals like insecticides or defoliants – these factors are being tested regulary. Test Reports: 1 2 3 
  • Only long-fibrous cotton is used, which has proved to be anti-abrasive. 
  • The sling is washable at normal temperatures (60 or 95 C). 
  • The luxurious and complex manufacturing process, using different yarns for both warp and weft, guarantees that the cloth of the sling stays soft and elastic even after many washes.
  • Every baby sling comes with instructions for various ways of tying and carrying. They are illustrated and easily understood. 
  • Each DIDYMOS sling carries a 3 -year guarantee.

Sociological and ecological aspects should also be considered:

  • The raw cotton comes from biologically controlled cultivation. 
  • It is harvested by hand, because machine harvests require the use of defoliating agents which harm the workers at the beginning of the manufacturing chain in particular. 
  • Transport distances should be kept as short as possible. 
  • Manufacturing costs should not be reduced by using child labour, something that is frequently done in developing countries.

You can be sure that DIDYMOS baby slings fulfill all these criteria. They even guarantee the latter points with a clear conscience because they do not use overseas countries and regularly inspect the companies that work for them. They are all in Germany and neighbouring countries.


 


 

 

Care for wraps


Prewash

DIDYMOS Baby Wraps and Slings are manufactured without any textile glaze or other chemical ingredients. Didymos only uses organic cotton (cultivated in accordance with strict organic standards) and ecologically sound, absolutely metal free, skin friendly dyes. There is no need to wash your wrap or sling before using it unless you want the wrap fabric to be softer right from the start


Shrinkage

Natural, untreated cotton shrinks a bit during the first wash. Therefore, your new DIDYMOS has additional fabric length to guarantee that your wrap or sling has the correct length after washing.


Washing Temperature

Unless differently specified, all DIDYMOS cotton Baby Wraps and Slings can be washed at 60°C/140°F on a delicates programme). For blended fabrics made from other natural fibres follow the care instructions specified below.


Laundry Detergents

Use little, preferably liquid detergent that is suited and recommended for the fabric in question (make sure that the detergent is WITHOUT optical brighteners, bleaching or softening agents. Detergent residue or mineral accumulations reduce the elasticity of the fabric. Therefore it is recommended to use water softener if your water is hard. 

Hint: Pour some vinegar into the softener compartment of the washing machine for the last rinse. This helps to avoid such accumulations and reduces the typical smell of detergent. Your laundry won’t smell like anything not even like vinegar.
One more tip: Do not over-load your washing machine but leave enough room for wash and rinse water. This is important for all textiles.


Spin-Drying

Do spin-dry your DIDYMOS Wrap or Sling at low speed. Wraps made of wool, alpaca, silk or cashmere blends must NOT be spin-dried.


Tumble-Drying

Make sure not to dry your DIDYMOS Wrap or Sling at high temperatures – preferably use the delicates setting of the tumbler. Wraps made from wool, cashmere or silk must NOT be dried in the tumbler.


Ironing

We recommend to iron your DIDYMOS Wrap or Sling after the wash, this is especially true for fabric blends with linen or hemp. Ironing is advisable for all wraps, be they made from cotton or cotton blends, as it helps to prevent folds from forming always in the same places which might affect the durability of the fabric.


Special Care for Wraps made of:


Colour-grown Cotton

Wraps made from colour-grown cotton initially are pale but darken and get their final colour with the first washes.


Linen or Hemp

Baby Wraps or Slings made of linen or hemp are a little stiff coming off the weaving frame, however, they soften quickly when being used. You can speed up the process by pulling your DIDYMOS Wrap or Sling through warm water and letting it air-dry before using it for the first time. Undyed DIDYMOS linen or hemp Wraps or Slings can be washed at temperatures of up to 90°C/190°F (hot). This may, however, cause the fabric to lighten and fade. It is IMPORTANT to wash your DIDYMOS linen or hemp Wrap or Sling with liquid detergent ONLY!


Virgin Wool

Wraps or Slings made from wool blends require particular attention in care and wash. This means: washing at 30°C, no spin drying, no tumble drying. Wool felts easily if not treated with care!


Cashmere

Cashmere Wraps, too, need very special attention in care. ONLY use detergent which is suited for wool, WITHOUT optical brighteners or bleachers, or use hair shampoo as a replacement. They recommend gentle warm hand wash and abundant rinsing. Wraps and Slings made from Cashmere blends are much more sensitive to mechanical friction than pure cotton fabrics. Keep hard and sharp objects away from the wraps and do not apply pressure on single spots of the fabric in order not to damage the wrap.


Silk

Make sure to wash your silk blend Wraps and Slings at max. 30°C using mild and liquid detergent WITHOUT optical brighteners or bleaching agents. Spin-dry at gentle and low cycle. Do NOT tumble-dry. Damp silk fabrics are sensitive to light and should not be dried directly in the sun. For ironing select “silk” setting, without steam. Perfume and deodorants may cause stains.