A Love Story: Klee

Where do we start with Klee? 

Klee has been with us from the very beginning. It was one of the first swatches we looked at and pondered when we visited The Oriole Mill for the first time after explaining to Bethanne what we were interesting in developing with Oriole for Pavo. I can remember rubbing the fabric between my fingers and interrupting Erin's conversation with Bethanne to remark on how unique the fiber felt. Erin, who is always patient when it comes to explaining the intracies of  fiber to me, stopped her conversation and took the sample from my hands and pondered it for a fair amount of time. Too heavy. Not the right type of rainbow. Too much time to develop. Too expensive.  And I knew she was right. Of course, we went on to release Parterre, but that's a whole different story.  I look back on that conversation and laugh now. She should have just said no. I had wasted the previous hour drooling over a wall of sparkly, glittery lurex threads and fibers and Erin explained to me why Lurex was not an option over and over again, we had vowed to stay with natural fibers no matter how sexy synthetic temptation can be.  In hindsight, I can laugh over this memory. At the time, I was devastated that glitter would not be a staple fiber in the Pavo library. Actually, I wasn't all that sad. We had already committed to natural fibers, but there's something about glittery sparkles that makes the 7 year old in me giddy with delight.  Maybe I will convince her yet.  

Bethanne Knudson, designer of Klee and owner of The Oriole Mill, shows off her creation for the Pavo gals.

Bethanne Knudson, designer of Klee and owner of The Oriole Mill, shows off her creation for the Pavo gals.

But back to the story: Klee fell to the cutting room floor, metaphorically speaking.  And it stayed there for quite some time. Over a year after we first saw the Klee sample, it resurfaced. Erin suggested that perhaps we should revisit it because, well, it had grown on her. This is classic Pavo: One of us falls in love with a sample and the other person is typically not excited about it. Then the dance begins. We go back and forth and back and forth and back and forth until we finally hit upon a consensus. And so it was with Klee. But then the samples arrived and we were both on the fence, but neither one of us wanted to give Klee the proverbial axe, so we sent the samples out to various testers with no expectations or desires. 

When the positive reviews came in, we were a bit taken aback. Klee was too thick, too dense, and yet people seemed to be so smitten with the girl.  Despite the positive response, it went back to the cutting room floor because ultimately it was too cost prohibitive to produce. And there it sat for a couple of months while Erin and I did the dance. Back and forth. Back and forth. Should we take the risk? Will it be too expensive? Will it be to thick? What if it's better than we think? Will we regret taking the risk?  It's such a familiar and comforting routine—I often think we do this because it just feels so fulfilling and perfect. It never gets old. 

Of course, you all well know the end of this story. We decided to run Klee. We both cringed at the cost of running it, we both have stayed up nights second guessing our decision to run Klee, we have texted furiously at 3 am reassuring each other this was the right thing to do. It is fitting that Klee will be our anniversary wrap. Everything about Klee represents Pavo; it's not just the aesthetics or the attention to fiber and weave structure, but the interplay between color and fiber captures the harmony and dialogue that are the foundation of Pavo. Klee is the Pavo Dance embodied. 


lather, rinse, repeat

We have a few samples of Unicornio here in different constructions, we have decided on what best works for its weight bearing capacity and aesthetic, but let's rewind to the beginning. . .

Unicornio was born from our mutual love of Mexican culture and iconographic significance.  We took the Otomi concept as a jumping off point and infused the pattern with our own special animals and quirky florals. With the introduction of the unicorn and the peacock we have created a design that is the essence of Form: playful, ironic, and reverent.  

Unicornio weave-down sample

Unicornio weave-down sample

Within the repeat of Unicornio we have included symmetry and a hint of a diamond shape through the connection of the animals.  Working on repeats is one of my favorite parts of development, I get completely absorbed and look up to see hours have passed as I struggle with spacing and scale or trying to force a motif into an impossible space when the right thing to do is just start over.  In the words of Dennis Congdon, my most influential painting professor, "Don't save it scrap it", so I do, and do again, even with a deadline, even when it is good enough, because good enough is not perfect.

Unicorn repeat stepped out to look for alleys and tracking

Unicorn repeat stepped out to look for alleys and tracking

Working for Pavo with J$ has pushed me beyond the task of creating work for other brands, it has taught me to believe in myself, and to not depend on others' criticism or praise for direction.  Pavo is the most difficult thing I have ever done aside from raising children, and as with children, it has shown me that the best is always yet to come.

Strawberry Fields in work

Strawberry Fields in work

Gotham

We first saw the as yet unnamed Gotham on our mill visit in October, it was peeking out from the archive, tempting us with its bold geometry and retro feel.  

We were at the mill to examine a series of development projects we had in work for several months.  Before we came knocking, this mill had not heard of baby wraps as an end use for body cloth; we worked many long and intense hours with our earnest and attentive representative (we love him) to construct samples that met our high standards for support, safety, comfort, and quality. We had begun with patterns created by the talented team of in-house designers in order to have a solid starting point of a mill-ready pattern while changing construction and investigating the limitless variables which are so very important to wrapping. This was also an essential part of developing a strong relationship with our new team; we share a mutual respect. We took what we learned from the process to further our own vision and we are so grateful to have the support of the designers as we create stories for Pavo Form together. Through trial and error we discovered several constructions suitable for wrapping and we continue to push boundaries with research and development. 

Oh, but Gotham!  Yes, it caught our eye and drew the meeting to a halt. We are so happy after three months of painstaking redesign to have Gotham as part of our Wanderlust collection in Form.  It is the city at night. It is architecture and art. It is industry and growth. It is Pavo.

In work: analyzing motif placement on wrap.

In work: analyzing motif placement on wrap.

Pavo Retreat October 2013

Perhaps we should start by renaming our annual Pavo Retreat to something that sounds more appropriate, given all the work we do.  While we do use our time to reflect on our goals and the path we would like Pavo to follow, the ultimate aim is to accomplish as much work as possible in the little time we have together. Sure we knock back a couple of beers and lounge in front of the fire, but it is always with our notebooks in hand, scribbling furiously through our thoughts and ideas. 

At this time last year, we were preparing for our first mill walk through at Oriole. We had several items on our list and we were quite lucky to work through most of those items. This trip had a greater sense of urgency and a fuller agenda:

Pavo Guild Branding, Pavo Form Branding, Customer Service, Co-Branding with Oriole, Oriole Mill meeting, Four mill walk throughs and meetings, Exclusivity contracts, Design Development, Fiber, Finances, Quarterly Sales Tax, Year End Taxes, Payroll, Charitable Causes, Infrastructure, Marketing, Strategy, Publicity, Recap of revisions (13b) to ASTM F2907

Our trip began with a bit of serendipity. Our goal was to end up in Asheville, North Carolina within the same general time frame. We both aimed to arrive sometime in the evening on October 5th. After a rather turbulent landing in Atlanta, I meandered over to the gate for my connecting flight. Imagine my surprise when I saw Erin leaning against the wall by our gate, smile on her face and phone in hand. You see, she had realized we would be on the same outbound flight together, something which, in my haste to prepare for our trip, I had not even processed. So of course, I bought her a drink.

After we landed in Asheville we grabbed our luggage and picked up our rental car (the cutest car ever! )  We headed out for dinner and settled into work.  The amazing thing about working with Erin is that we hit our stride fairly quickly and although the conversation wandered, as it often does when one is with a dear and beloved friend, it always found its way back to Pavo. After a rather unfortunate experience with a rogue centipede in Erin’s room, we both retired for the evening.

I woke up to a cool, fall morning and it was absolutely glorious.  The temperatures in Southern California had been averaging in the mid 90s and the cool, crisp morning were exactly what I needed. I put the kettle on and made myself at home on the deck of our temporary abode taking in the fiery color of the leaves on the trees surrounding me.  Erin soon followed suit and after sharing pot of tea, we picked up right where we left off. We took a break several hours later for lunch and then headed back for more work.  We worked through evening snacking on cheese, crackers and beer.  At  2 am, we called it a night and headed to bed. This time, the rogue centipede showed up in my room. 

Monday through Wednesday were intense and focused. We had a number of business meetings to attend and we needed to work though our design calendar with our mills. The days were long and as usual, our meetings with Oriole found us finishing business over late business dinners, with us driving home bleary eyed , most often after midnight where we would light the fire and recap the day's business. We wouldn’t have had it any other way.

While we knew that there was no way we could have possibly covered all our items on our agenda, we came away with a significant amount of work accomplished. We were able to establish a fabulous design calendar for Spring, Fall, and Winter 2014 for both Pavo Guild and Pavo Form: we were able to see our wraps being both woven and finished and we were able to make our way through the more mundane stuff, like finances, taxes and what not.  All in all, our trip was extraordinarily productive. Even more important, I was able to spend time with Erin. Two and a half years ago we sort of casually started talking about forming a wrap company and well, here we are today.  The past two years have been hard. Very hard. We have both put our blood, sweat and tears into Pavo. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better business partner or friend.

 

Sparkleberry Seven draw

Seven Sparkleberries in seven days—the draw begins today on Facebook!

Sparkleberry Celebration

The release of Sparkleberry marks the anniversary of one of the first wraps we considered a possibility among our many trials and errors, Garden Nuptial. It was thick, luxurious, and cozy, but ultimately prohibitively expensive and too much of a departure from the norm for a debut release (of course, we choose to launch with something even weirder—Parterre, but anyway) . . .  

Jennifer has been using our Garden Nuptial sample almost everyday for a year, she even brought it with her on our retreat last month to snuggle with in front of the fire and it has softened to the most irresistible  piece of cloth imaginable.  It is still thick of course, but it is no longer so heavy and unwieldily. It is cushy, supportive, unique, and has maintained its sheen through a year of washing, wearing, and unnecessary roughness.

Based on several other reviews of Garden Nuptial we decided we should offer a very small selection of similarly constructed wraps under Pavo Guild.  Sparkleberry will only appeal to a limited number of babywearers and the price is still high, requiring us to limit the run accordingly. 

We will follow the release with a draw for a full set of Sparkleberries on our Facebook page in order to continue the fun!

As always with Guild, these wraps would not be possible without the genius of Bethanne Knudson and the entire crew at The Oriole Mill and Sew Co.  Our unending thanks!  

 

Pavo Textiles presents Vandeloo Woven

Jennifer and I are so happy to share with you the work of Vandeloo Woven through Pavo Textiles.  We greatly respect talented creator Jamie Vandeloo's work and aesthetic and are proud and honored to have her high quality and carefully considered wraps available through our site. 

When Jamie first began to weave I saw immediately that something extraordinary was taking place: she synthesizes color like no other, stays true to herself, is a perfectionist to a fault, and puts her heart and soul into every wrap she weaves. Not content to stick with one idea she is constantly pushing herself to learn new techniques, try different structures, and experiment with yarn.  

Jamie caught my eye immediately when I first got involved in the baby wearing community.  She always had the wraps I most coveted, she won all the design contests, and she had an eloquent unthreatening way of bringing you around to her point of view even in the most contentious arguments.  She was quick to try and teach new carries, was honest and ruthless in her reviews of wraps, and quickly built a trustworthy reputation based on her sincerity and candor. 

 

Jamie in Vandeloo Woven

Jamie in Vandeloo Woven

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.
— Louisa May Alcott

Jamie and I got to know each other finally by working on an Oscha design competition together, I admired her integrity and her unique way of looking at problems—she approached things from a different angle and I was impressed with her creative mind.  Jamie's entry Braid was chosen by Oscha who saw its potential and now it is a classic design in their line.   

We are excited to offer such an accomplished designer alongside Pavo Textiles usual offerings and cannot wait to see what more she has in store for us.
Jamie is gifted and strong, Vandeloo Woven will exceed our expectations.  

Plus, there's that hair.

San Diego stripes

We are happy to finally have our summery stripes ready to go!  We named them San Diego as a nod to our West Coast roots and for the wonderful mamas in the San Diego area babywearing community. 

You will find Form by Pavo very different for our original Guild line, we use short staple cotton that is more affordable and as a result the hand is much drier and has an earthy organic feeling.  We are loving these wraps on the beach, at the park, and just out and about. You can leave one in the car, keep one in the diaper bag, and lend them to your friends! 

What people are saying about San Diego

 

. . . I was pleasantly surprised by this medium weight wrap. In hand it is like your favorite tshirt—the cotton welcomes a floppy, casual, and cuddly alternative post wash.
The casual nature of the Form line will prove to be a stash staple. Whether it be daily errands, a day at the beach, or a trip to the park, you will need one of these beauties by your side!
Stripes will be fabulous everyday beach, backyard, bumming around, toss in your day bag, workhorse wraps.
This wrap is a great deal more casual than the Pavo Guild wraps, in both look and fiber, and won’t fulfill the lust for the luxury of Guild, if that’s what you’re after. They’re really two different animals but both nice in their own ways. The cotton is unmercerized which add to the casual look and more flannely feel. I bet these wraps will get snuggly soft over time!
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Etini Magnolia

Our first official Pavo Guild with The Oriole Mill wrap Etini Magnolia is available now on our site. 

The detailed, intimate floral design that is Etini evokes the lush tropical florals found in the post-Impressioninst work of Gauguin. Although influenced by the Impressionist's use of negative space and the interplay of light, Gauguin stretched Impressionism beyond its boundaries, engaging the viewer to reconsider how line and colour came together to create space and form. Etini is nature re-imagined. It is the raw beauty of Gauguin's tropics brought to life through the intricacies of weaving. 

We hope you like it! 

 

Birds of a Feather

When we sat down to formulate our business plan for Pavo Textiles, one of our initial goals was to locate a reliable mill in the United States working with natural fibers and a transparent manufacturing process. If we did not find the right mill for our venture Pavo would remain an intangible concept.  File under: Dreams

Our intent was to find a mill in the United States, but we cast our net wide, looking at mills from all over the world in order to compare price, skill, sourcing, and technique.  The more time we invested in our search, the more it became clear to us that we absolutely needed to find a mill domestically. The number of textile mills in the United States had been quickly dwindling and when those mills closed, decades of knowledge and expertise were quietly being lost to the dust of history.  From 1997 to 2010, over 1200 textiles mills closed, with most weaving equipment in those mills being shipped overseas to be used in mills producing cheap textiles, destined for import to the United States. Between 2004 and 2009, almost forty percent of the jobs in the textile industry were lost with such jobs being outsourced to cheaper labor in countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, and China.

We were firm in our conviction to produce American-made textiles and we renewed our search with gusto.  Our initial efforts were disappointing; there were a limited number of mills who could produce to the quality and specifications we required and those that were able to do so were decidedly wary of working with an unknown entity, which is what Pavo was at the time.

In our search one mill we heard about over and over again was The Oriole Mill; they came highly recommended by our contacts in the industry, and were spoken of with a hushed, reverent awe.

The Oriole Mill was founded in 2006 by Stephan Michelson and Bethanne Knudson as the textile industry in the United States was quickly transitioning production to cheaper overseas facilities and leaving laid-off workers and deserted towns in its wake. While other mills were closing their doors, Oriole was setting up shop.  To say that this was a bold, risky, daring move is most certainly an understatement.  In the face of a flagging industry focused on cheap disposable goods The Oriole Mill is deeply committed to weaving high quality textiles made with the finest natural fibers and have made a reputation for being innovative, independent, and luxurious.  Their ideology embodied everything we wanted to be able to say and do with our textiles.  Oriole seemed like a natural fit for Pavo since we shared many of the same convictions:  the desire to create heirloom quality products, fair wages, the use of natural fiber, superior design, unsurpassed technical skill, and a deep and abiding commitment to high quality American made products.  We wanted in.  

For us, it was a match made in heaven. So we called. We emailed. We called again. It took months before anyone at The Oriole Mill would even talk to us. In hindsight, it is not surprising; they are a small artisan mill with exclusive clientele and they offer a unique service no longer found in the States and we were a buzzing fly with an unknown end product.

 

Penumbra Matelassé baby blanket

In a textile industry that’s ninety percent gone, what’s the other ten percent doing? There’s not a lot of quality goods being made. The other part of that ten percent is the high-quality industry. That’s where we come in.
— Stephan Michelson

By the time we met Bethanne and Stephan they had taken on rock-star status, but were even more impressive in person.  Bethanne is a passionate artist and educator. She has the energy of a lightening bolt in both body and mind. She is a masterful technician and designs the cloth from the fiber to the loom, taking into consideration the innate structure of the fabric and what it can support.  Bethanne reminds us of Michelangelo, who was able to see the form of the figure within the stone before the first cut.

Our relationship began with reworking Oriole's English Sonnet design to suit the desired (and required) characteristics of a woven wrap, and, at Bethanne's suggestion, developing Penumbra as a parallel release to create the beginnings of two distinct  collections for Pavo Textiles: En Plein Air and Effets de Soir.  

After ten months of working with The Oriole Mill we are thrilled to announce our exclusive partnership and co-branding under the label 

Pavo Guild

named for our mutual desire to thrive while producing luscious textiles in a constantly shifting market and to also capture the synchronicity of the birds in both our brand names.  The Oriole Mill produces home furnishings that complement Pavo Textiles’s collections, and Pavo Textiles will work with The Oriole Mill to extend our product line and continue our commitment to producing strong, safe, beautiful woven baby wraps.  We plan to innovate and overlap as much as possible, incorporating our collective designs with the traits appropriate to woven wraps to bring you the finest textiles made in the United States.  

Pavo Guild will distinguish itself from Pavo Form in that it will be made from the finest most luxurious fiber on the market, and will be woven exclusively under the partnership of The Oriole Mill.   

In addition to The Oriole Mill we are also deeply indebted to Libby O'Bryan of the adjacent Sew Co, who is responsible for our fine finishing and the development of our final product. She spent hours of her life aligning the border of Parterre, and adjusted our raw size chart to allow for little to no waste in the cutting room.  She asked all the right questions and had all the right answers as we fumbled through the explanation and demonstration of our woven wraps.  The combined forces of The Oriole Mill and Sew Co listened intently as we explained our product—its need to be weight bearing, what safety standards it must pass, how it should feel to parent and baby—and they are continuing to listen and innovate as we grow in our relationship. 

The most sustainable is that which need not be replaced.
— Bethanne Knudson

Pavo Textiles is incredibly lucky and infinitely grateful to be working with both The Oriole Mill and Sew Co. as we begin our exclusive collaboration into woven wraps and beyond.

Form and Substance

Authentic, simple, elegant, luxurious.

These are the principles that inform the Pavo aesthetic. Working with several different mills and designers over the last year we have seen our concepts evolve and divide.  While all are true to the spirit of Pavo Textiles, we saw a need to introduce a new narrative; one that will live alongside our original artisanal line.

We wanted to offer wraps that would be playful and fun: the type of wrap you take to an afternoon at the beach or on a relaxed early evening walk to the park. We wanted these wraps to be the ones that your littles reached for first when making a wrap fort or for swinging in a hammock.  We wanted them to be reliable, lighthearted, classic, and effortless. A storyline to encourage spontaneity in your routine. 

The colours of love

The colours of love

With our carefully coloured stripes and fanciful hearts,  we have put together the beginning of a collection that will define our new line: Pavo Form. Woven with natural fibers, a brighter palette, and conversational motifs, the textiles in this collection have a more casual look and feel, with the same craftsmanship you have grown to expect from us.  Pavo Form is a relaxed and playful Pavo. It is the perfect exemplification of the form and substance that drive Pavo Textiles.  

And, as always, made in the United States.  

Pavo Form will complement Pavo Textile's artisanal line, the soon to be re-branded Pavo Guild, and will be making its debut near the end of August 2013

Stripes in Form

Stripes in Form

Inspired by Otomi

Inspired by Otomi

Natural Otomi samples

And Otomi Unicornio in work. Shhhhh . . .

And Otomi Unicornio in work. Shhhhh . . .

Zebra 100% cotton

Zebra may not just be my favorite Pavo wrap, it may be my favorite wrap ever. It starts off smooth, soft, and slinky, and washes up to reveal texture and full body.  Zebra is 100% cotton (long staple Egyptian and American), mercerized for strength and sheen, and was woven in just three colourways for us: Magenta, Chocolate, and Granite.  Zebra has a silvery frosty appearance, like the grass at dawn or a sage leaf, because of the way the warp subdues the fill.  

Zebra is soft enough for newborns, both newborn babies and a newborn wrappers.

The pattern is a classic and ubiquitous zebra skin in a small repeat and we have included a subtle teaching rail to aid you in any new wrapping territory you may be experimenting with.  

We are thrilled to be able to offer you Zebra in Magenta and Chocolate and hope you appreciate it as much as we do!  We are developing two other animal skins, but Zebra in Magenta and Chocolate remain just a sample run while we hear your feedback.  

 

Penumbra Syzygy

A penumbra is a partial shadow. During an eclipse, the penumbra is the area between full shadow and full illumination. It is the in-between area where light and dark meet and shadows come out to play. The whimsical looping of black and white in Penumbra Shadow reminds us that nothing can ever truly be seen in black and white; there is always a little grey area in between.

Penumbra was born from one of Pavo Textile's first samples, Procresco.  Developed by our artisan mill, it is a playful energetic design woven from all local materials. It is considered fiber forward, a designation reserved for textiles sourced, woven, and finished in the United States.

After Shadow and Lunar we are channeling the '80s again with Penumbra and a hot pink fill we call Syzygy, we think it is really fun and happy.  Bright lights big city and all that (actually, that was really depressing). Everything aligned and Syzygy was born. 100% cotton 280g/m2. 

Parterre 100% cotton

Parterre is the name of the design we are using for our current samples, it describes the romantic fluid floral elements, but also the rigidity of the repeat, which is walled in by a border at  the middle of the wrap to mark the center for ease of use. It is the first in our En Plein Air series, the story of a painter traveling the world for inspiration with her baby held close, working al fresco, studying botany and colour theory.  She may become a landscape architect, she may become a scientist, we will follow her journey and delight in her discoveries.  

Not all those who wander are lost.
— J.R.R. Tolkien

Out for review in Parterre we have Cobalt, Moraine, Sylvan, and Acanthus. According to our tester pool of the four the Acanthus sample is the lightest weight and has a desirable bandage-like feel when wrapped, while Cobalt, Moraine, and Sylvan have a greater learning curve to acclimate to the unique density and texture.  

Parterre is a heavy dense wrap, it breaks in slowly to become soft and moldable, it is an ideal wrap for older babies and heavy toddlers.  For younger babies we would rather recommend Parterre Acanthus or Procresco, also 100% cotton, but soft out of the bag, and easier to manipulate with its narrower width and drapey hand.


Cobalt 100% cotton

Our third round of samples arrived this week and we are both elated!  

These wraps are on a lighter-weight warp than Garden Nuptial and therefore are a bit less cumbersome to wrap with. The density is quite high though, making this 100% cotton wrap extremely supportive. 

The Cobalt colourway we are calling Co 27 for the atomic element, it is the silvery blue of long winter shadows on snow.  Cobalt blue was always one of six colours I had in my limited palette when I was studying painting, it has such purity and mixes very clean. Old Holland Cobalt Blue is packed with pigment, the tube is weighty in hand, like a stone from the seashore.  

I am a lonely painter, I live in a box of paints
— Joni Mitchell
As the sky and the snow and the morning shadows.

As the sky and the snow and the morning shadows.

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This is Co 27 after a hot wash and dry, we like to imagine worst case scenarios with our samples.

This is Co 27 after a hot wash and dry, we like to imagine worst case scenarios with our samples.

Quickly ironed after the washing embossing incident.

Quickly ironed after the washing embossing incident.

Procresco 100% cotton jacquard woven wrap

In November we sent out samples for critique to some well respected and experienced babywearers, we were so happy to have a wrap worthy of review and couldn't wait for their feedback.  We knew we liked it, that is why we released it into the wilds, but we needed to hear something more than our own excitement ringing in our ears.

For us Procresco embodies the spirit of Pavo, it is woven in a small improbable mill run by passionate owners who believe in superior quality, integrity and a fair wage above all else.  Procresco is made from materials sourced, spun, and woven in the United States, making it fiber forward and unique in the babywrap market. It is even finished close to the mill making its fiber-miles, as we call them, tiny in comparison to say textiles in the apparel industry which travel the globe in various stages of production.  In loom-state it is soft and supple in hand, with no goop or residue from production since slashing is not necessary with the type of fiber used and the attention given to the tension at the creel for the warp.  

I will let my better half, J$, talk to you about the design and the concept behind Procresco, she is the scholar, the writer, and the funny one to boot.  For now, the testers speak.

xo, Erin

Larissa's review

Gorgeous true black threads and silvery white ones make this wrap striking out of the box. The pattern has a lovely amount of grip without being overly so, due to the fiber choice and the distribution of the design against the background. In hand, the wrap is silky-fluffy soft; medium thickness, not at all overwhelming, with a lovely cush and drape that carry over to being worn.

My initial thought when wrapping my 4.5 month old was that it was unlike any other woven wrap I have tried. It bears similarities to wraps made by other manufacturers, of course, but it is uniquely itself--uniquely Pavo. It wraps lightly and yet maintained cush without being dense. It is supremely comfortable. It has just that touch of bounce that acts as a shock absorber while wearing, yet it did not sag. It is exquisitely beautiful and soft, well suited to beginners and experts alike. If this is but a preview of what Pavo has to offer, we in the baby wearing world are in for a marvelous treat!

We still aren't back wrapping much so I didn't get to really test it that way, unfortunately. She's currently 14-15 pound so not a really heavy subject, but I get the sense that it would be comfortable for me with a bigger kid. It fits my wrapping aesthetic nicely, though graphically it isn't a pattern I normally gravitate toward. The tactile quality of the threads and the density are just lovely. 

Jilliane's review

I want to start by saying I am so eternally grateful that you have given me this opportunity to see, touch, try and yes, fall in love with this beautiful piece of art. You told me earlier about the "Fiber Forward" aspect of this wrap and let me just tell you, it's amazing, the shine, it just glistens in any type of light and the contrast helps this. The softness of it is beyond wonderful for a brand new wrap, there is no break in process and if there is, it will be very minimum with these fibers. The thickness is dead, spot on, not overly thick where its un-managable and not super thin where it will not be a great wrap for all ages. The texture is also perfect, enough for it to grip and hold your carries.

Let me tell you about what and how we have worn this beauty so far.  A quick trip up to cuddle in a Ruck TT. It felt soft and wrapped great for that short amount of time. Let's move forward to Saturday one of our crazy days, we went to a craft show at a local high school and walked around for about two hours where E rested nicely and also fell asleep in a Double Hammock. The wrapping qualities of this fits great with its look. It has the perfect amount of stretch to it but no sagging. It is thick and dense which makes it great for carrying a toddler (E is three-years-old and around 35 pounds) and yes he did feel weightless in the two hours that he was up there. The cush of it felt amazing on my shoulders and there was no digging either.

After the craft show we went for a walk through the park to enjoy some of the fall's sights, sounds, and smells.  Again, we were there for about two-and-a-half hours with E up most of the time for our walk, then a quick stop at the play ground until E fell in the mud and we had to call it a day. This time I did a Back Wrap Cross Carry with Ruck straps. No digging, no sagging, no re-adjusting needed, it was secure and very comfortable. I am very pleased with this wrap and yes if given the chance I would certainly purchase it for either E or an upcoming squishy. 

Jilliane, VBE

 

In the middle

Our charming middle markers have arrived for approval, the next step is to send them out to the mill to be added to the wraps.  Little things like this cement our identity and allow us to see the big picture with more clarity.  I hold one between my fingers like a good luck charm.

We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
— Robert Frost
Pavo Middle Markers

Pavo Middle Markers