Home- A Unicornio Heron Review - Girl of Cardigan

Before we begin, there are two things you need to know about me.  The first is that my wild, sleeve-worn emotions are extremely susceptible to tactile and aesthetic influence – in plainer terms, pretty soft things make me feel all the feelings, usually to a fairly ridiculous degree.  The second is that I am usually not the greatest patriot.  Grateful, yes, but passionate, eh, not so much.

There’s a gorgeous woman at our church who came here, years and years ago, from Africa, leaving behind family and babies and stories I will never hear.  One morning, as I was wrapping Fable, she looked at me with tears in her eyes.  “I love this,” she told me, “This is how I carried my babies.  I love this.  I feel my home.”

This is what babywearing has been to me – a chord of motherhood, something ancient and true that ties me to mothers all over the world.  Learning to wrap my daughter has been a grounding force for me, and learning the feel and weave and artistry of the pieces of cloth I use to wrap her has fed the glutton in my soul that craves fiber at her fingertips, the drape of a well-chosen yarn, the calming presence of pattern and beauty and art the bends and snuggles and holds.

Home- A Unicornio Heron Review - Girl of Cardigan

Unicornio Heron* arrived today, and I loved it immediately, and this is why:

Right out of the box, there is something deeply familiar about this wrap.   Heron is your most loved pair of jeans – the ones you’ve worn nearly threadbare around the pockets, the ones with the perfect balance of stretch and structure and memory, the ones that you can’t replace because they’ve become softer than any others ever will.  There’s something in this wrap of that day I spent by the river holding someone’s hand, along with a splash of seawater, a firework, a faded photograph of the 4th of July.  I sat and I held Heron and immediately craved summer, maybe baseball, definitely apple pie.  Though I hate to call something so lovely an ugly word like “beater,” this is clearly a wrap that wants to go places – long hikes and weekend camping trips and beach days and fairgrounds and neighborhood potlucks.  This wrap belongs bunched in the corner of a picnic blanket or swinging as a hammock in a late summer backyard.

Home- A Unicornio Heron Review - Girl of Cardigan

One wash in, Heron is that sweatshirt you borrowed from your high school boyfriend – homey and comfortable and soft enough to be the only thing you want to wear.  Of course, it’s less like your high school boyfriend’s sweatshirt in that you desperately want to wrap your toddler in it, and when you do she spends the tedious-and-usually-loudly-protested minutes it takes you to take shameless selfies for the internet counting whimsical bunnies and birds and saying “Hi dog!” to all the unicorns.  She’s light on your shoulders, and it’s wearing the heat well, and oh but oh that perfect Pavo stretch… thinner and lighter than my other Form wraps, the passes glide smoothly and sit snuggly where they landed, and it tightens and adjusts like a dream.

Ask me about Heron, and I’ll tell you it’s a little bit country.  It’s a Bonnie Raitt song and a ride in someone’s truck and a good pair of boots, but also the stories your grandmother told you of her home in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, and the stories my grandmother heard of tapestries and kings and fantastical creatures.  And isn’t that the very stuff that makes us beautiful, this juxtaposition of marvelous things?  That’s a whole lot of wonderful for one wrap.

Home- A Unicornio Heron Review - Girl of Cardigan

Unicornio Heron arrived today, and I loved it immediately, and it made my texture-loving-geeky-artist heart thump around, but even more than that, it reminded me how much I love this country.  Heron showed up, the most charming, soft and lovely patriot, and made me feel my home.

Who would have thought?

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*Unicornio Heron is a woven wrap from Pavo Textiles’ Form line.  For more wovens available from this line, visit www.pavoform.com.  If you’re interested in finding this exact wrap, well, email me and I’ll tell you what I know.  Also, this review was unprompted and uncompensated.  Sometimes I just want to write about things because I love them.

  • Jessica H. June 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    That wrap is so insanely gorgeous. I might just die of happiness if one ever finds its way into my possession. This is like one of my dream wraps. The color, the print, the texture. I adore it. You’re lucky!

    • karyn June 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      I believe! I believe! I’m sure you’ll be able to get your hands on one someday. 🙂 She’s worth the wait for sure!

  • Mckenzie June 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I love this. You have a talent for writing and picture taking and also putting together an adorable outfit 🙂

    I’m mamakenzandtherinkies on ig just for reference – or rather, to put a face to a name.

    • karyn June 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Ha, thanks! I totally know who you are. 😉 Thanks so much for reading!

  • Monique June 3, 2014 at 4:19 am

    I just love the imagery you illustrated about this wrap. It made me realize no matter how squirmey Gwen is I need to wrap her more. I’d love a really good wrap since I just have the moby. I also had a similar experience with a woman from Nigeria who told me the same thing as you when I had Gwen in her wrap. It made me so happy I could make another mother feel something nostalgic.

    • karyn June 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      It’s the best. <3

  • Andrea June 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    It looks lovely on you! Have you tried any Tekhni wraps yet? They’re my latest obsession, especially with Repreve. Amazing.

    • karyn June 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Not yet! I think there are a few floating around PDX – maybe I’ll get to play with one soon. 🙂

  • Karen June 18, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I just love reading your blog. It is such a good reminder of all the things I love about being a new mama (my daughter is 21 months). I do love baby (toddler?) wearing, although I have found myself solely using our soft-structured carrier these days. I loved the Moby so much when Isla was wee – I really should look for a toddler-suitable wrap. She’s on the move so much, but when I wear her and squeeze her toes and pat her bum, all feels right with the world. 🙂

    • karyn June 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      Aw, thanks Karen! We use SSCs a lot too, but the wovens woo me back every time I try to quit them. 🙂 Let me know if you need any help finding something you love!! 🙂

  • Amanda July 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    so, this might sound like a stupid question, but i love baby wearing, especially now that i have two (i need at LEAST two hands to keep my toddler in line!) and i wore my little girl a LOT when she was a wee little thing.
    now that fable is a bigger baby girl, where do you wear her to??
    while shopping? around the house? do you walk a lot? does that question even make sense??
    i took my two on a nature walk today and and wore my little lady and the whole time she just wanted to get DOWN to PLAY!

    • karyn July 8, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Not a stupid question at all! I wear Fable less often now that she walks and wants to explore, but we still have ups at least once a day, because I “wear her down” for naps (put her on my back, go about my chores until she’s out, transfer her to her crib.) I wear her on long hikes and our evening walks if it isn’t too hot, often in something she can get up and down from easily (for me that’s usually buckles or a mei tai), or in a wrap in the late evening if she’s snoozy. In the summer, I wear her to street festivals, carnivals, amusement parks, fairs, or generally anywhere else we might be all day where she will be needing to nap – she sleeps well out and about if she is up on my back, not so much in a stroller – probably because I am often bumping her into things in a stroller. Basically, in almost any instance where a stroller would be necessary, I try to wear her, with the exception of very hot summer day walks (because I’m not insane.) That isn’t because I have anything against strollers from a philosophical standpoint – they just make me frustrated. I’m terrible at pushing things. Weird, but true. This concludes my very long-winded answer. 😉

  • Beth July 9, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I love all your babywearing posts 🙂 they are so helpful for a mama-to-be like me. And this wrap is gorgeous…. Maybe it should go on my wish list 🙂 thank you for helping me navigate the world of babywearing beyond stretchy wraps 🙂

  • Emily L. November 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I’m loving your blog… came across it looking for a proper rebozo carry explanation. Yours is awesome!

    My husband is from Eastern Africa so I am really looking forward to connecting our daughter with this heritage by baby wearing.

  • Sian March 8, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Beautifully written. Just popped up on a babywearing page.. But my curiosity must know.. What does your tattoos say?! X

    • karyn March 21, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks for stopping in! My tattoo says “Heart of my own heart.” It’s a line from an old hymn called Be Thou My Vision. <3

  • Jennifer G July 23, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    This is the most beautiful woven wrap review I have ever read. I also feel a kindred connection with mothers past and present and learning to wrap has been like a dear friend by my side steering me into the space I hold for myself as a mother now. Thanks for this! I’ll remember this whenever I find my pavo uni heron <3