Even though the brand Minako is new on the scene, the woman behind it has been around for quite some time, making super pretty handwoven wraps over at Lemonlooms. I've had a couple and they've been of very high quality - and the colour combinations tell of the designers eye for composition. Knowing this, I had high hopes for this Yoshi Raspberry and it didn't disappoint the slightest. It's a gorgeous blend of Egyptian cotton, cashmere and Mulberry silk and that is a great place to start if you ask me...
Yoshi Raspberry is a long 5 and ticks in at around 264 gsm, making it a medium weight wrap both in hand and to wrap with. It has a straightforward weave of two threads, one ecru and one radiant magenta/purple/pink that is super fresh and looks almost edible. YUM! It's a striking and intense bright berry colour but not in a way that stings your eyes. Combined with the art nouveau inspired pattern (I especially love the little lotuses in the middle of the "crown" of the pattern), it feels bold and fresh. Somehow the colour is quite easily matched with an array of styles and palettes. I absolutely love dressing up a black t-shirt and a pair of jeans or dark trousers with it, it adds plenty of elegance and edge to a very simple outfit. (And let's face it, that's what I'm wearing 90% of the time, with various amounts of baby spit and mud from the dog added...)
Wrapping wise, this is pretty much spot on what I'm loving right now - airy and very soft, a breeze to wrap with and not bulky in any way. It's perfect for fancy finishes, like the freshwater double hammock I did in these pictures, and the blend is one of my absolute favourites ever. Yoshi came to me washed, ironed and gently used and requires no further breaking in. It's cuddly soft with no itch and glides easily in place thanks to the great balance between wool and silk I think. The hems are perfectly straight and it's on the wider side with its 69 cm width, which isn't an issue for me (I seem to work best with pretty narrows wraps now) - because the wrap is smooth and pretty thin it doesn't feel like too much fabric even on a smaller babe. Minako has some intriguing designs (Feathers! Geese! All very stylised and clean.) coming up in the near future and I'm sure this isn't my last date with one.
Lotta H Löthgren