Indios are the bomb. One of the oldest styles of woven wrap, Didymos has been making indios of various colours and blends for yonks*. Indio is the name given to wraps with this particular weave or ‘pattern’; a series of squares and circles unique to indios. They hold a bit of a cult status in the babywearing world – despite their simplicity, they are held in high esteem by many and often remain highly sought after and collector’s items.
Emerald Turquoise Hemp Indio was released in May 2014 and is 60% cotton 40% hemp. While hemp can sometimes make a wrap quite beastly, this is a light to mid-weight wrap, around 220gsm. It was surprisingly soft after only one wash and a little bit of use. Certainly nothing to be worried about in terms of breaking in, this would be a fine wrap to purchase new and use straight away.
Being a thinner wrap, I wasn’t sure this was going to be for me, what with 13kg of nearly 2 year old to carry around. While hemp adds supportiveness to cotton, I thought it would be a bit diggy for my liking. I had briefly tried a slightly lighter hemp indio previously, and struggled with its thinness. To put my theory to the test, I tried this wrap in a simple ruck, which is my preferred carry these days. To my surprise it was pretty comfy. I didn’t get a chance to measure the width but it felt a bit wider than older Didys I’ve tried, which helped with my toddler. It was also quite soft on the shoulder, not overly cushy, but the hemp gives it enough bounce to avoid too much digginess with a heavy weight. Having said that, I think if this was a permanent part of my stash, I would use it in a multi-layer carry like a double hammock with a toddler for a bit of extra support.
I thought I’d try this wrap out on a smaller baby, as I was sure it would shine, and luckily my friend lent me her 8 month old for his first adventure being back wrapped. This wrap was certainly quite perfect in a ruck with an 8 month old, and nice and light on a hot summer’s day. I think this wrap is a great example of one that can get you through from infancy into early toddlerhood with ease, and even with a nearly 2 year old it is certainly far from uncomfortable, particularly given how light it is.
Have you tried an indio? Do you agree with their cult status?
*Not a technical term. I did some quick research and couldn’t find a definitive answer to when the first indio was released. If you know, please tell me!