Girasol Woven Wraps and Ring Slings
Quality and fair trade
It has been our priority to provide baby carriers of high quality at favourable prices since 1984. We were awarded the top “Recommendable” commendation for our outstanding quality by the ÖKO-Test magazine in its special baby issue in 2000. A later test in the ÖKO-Test 2/2007 magazine found the Girasol baby carrier (rainbow stripes) to be “very good”.
And there’s one thing you can depend on:
Only pure untreated cotton that has neither been pre-bleached or chemically finished is used. We do not use formaldehyde, halogen-organic compounds, aromatic amines or brighteners. And our fabrics are not treated subsequently with chemicals or finishes.
Our select weavers are masters of a very difficult and ancient skill: diagonal weaving. A high-quality baby carrier produced with this method of weaving will always adapt elastically and never stretch out of shape. The hems have been doubled to prevent the edges from causing any unpleasant pressure.
Our carriers are all made from fabric that may be washed in the machine at 60°C . Baby carriers and slings shrink a little after the first wash – the lengths stated refer to the lengths after washing.
The Girasol baby carrier
Hardly any other carrying method is as versatile as baby carriers are: the different styles of tying them allow them to be used from newborn babies to toddlers; they can almost always be perfectly adapted to the changing needs of both carriers and the carried.
Admittedly, it does need a bit of practice to perfectly and quickly tie a baby carrier, but you’ll be rewarded with a unique and comfortable sensation if you persevere. In front of the stomach, on the hip, on the back, with different centres of gravity, shifting weights and additional functions, for example, as blankets, mats, baby hammocks and swings – baby carriers are comfortable, practical and fun.
Our baby carriers are woven in two bindings: transposed twill and diamond twill. Due to their diagonal elasticity, both types of weave possess wonderful baby-carrying properties. The centre of the baby carrier is identified by a little sewn-in label, the ends are tapered and the hems doubled for comfort.
All Girasol baby carriers may be washed at 60°C, may be ironed and occasionally – if haste is required – even dried in tumble-driers.
+ From newborn to toddler
+ Versatile carrier – may be worn in front of the stomach, on the hip, on the back
+ May also be used as a hammock, swing, blanket
+ Correctly tied, the baby carrier adapts perfectly and individually to both carrier and child
Girasol ring slings
Ring slings are a wonderful alternative or addition to other baby carriers – they’re surprisingly versatile and may be used from birth.
The simple but amazing mechanical application of two rings means that ring slings are quick and safe to use. The correct slightly squatting position with the legs spread apart for encouraging optimum hip growth may be very easily achieved with ring slings. Ring slings may be used from birth and are often the perfect start for all who want an uncomplicated introduction to baby carriers.
They’re great everywhere babies need to be quickly “popped in and out”: shopping, housework, short distances with tired toddlers, easy stair climbing, breast feeding, rocking babies to sleep … and thanks to its small folded size, it will practically fit in any handbag.
Longer distances may also be covered with very small babies, but one-sided carrying will over time become a little more tiring with heavier children. But they can still be a great help even with toddlers: “I want to be carried!” – a situation that’s much easier to handle with ring slings.
Girasol’s ring slings are available in two lengths and made, gathered and sewn from the Girasol baby carriers that are woven with the tried-and-tested transposed or diamond twill binding and quality aluminium rings specially manufactured by slingrings.com.
And they may be washed like our other baby carriers at 60°C, but we do recommend that the rings be tied together and secured in a little washing net or bag during washing to protect the machine.
+ May be used from newborn to toddler
+ The ideal carrier for quick and easy use in-between
+ Quick and easy to put on
+ Great for in the home and for shopping
In the highlands of Guatemala live the Maya Indians, whose knowledge and mastery of old weaving methods still persists today. The men work on a wooden loom, brought there by the Spaniards, and they produce material to sell. The women use the precolonial backstrap loom weaving textiles with old motives, which are mainly used in traditional garments.
Our select weavers are masters of a very difficult and ancient skill: diagonal weaving. A high-quality baby carrier produced with this method of weaving will allways adapt elastically and never strech out of shape. The hems have been doubled to prevent the edges from causing any unpleasant pressure. Our carriers are all made from fabric that may be washed in the machine at 60°C. Baby carriers and slings shrink a little after the first wash – the lenghts stated refer to the lenghts after washing.
The MySol is made from two layers of high-quality cross-body sling fabric that nestles like a second skin around the baby being carries and so provides optimum support. The MySol may be worn with each side facing out – practically two differently coloured baby slings in one! During development, we intentionally decided not to use hard plastic components, clasps, buckles and complicated adjustment features but did create a strain-relieving chest belt for the back carrier and a practical hip belt for such important small items as purses and keys and so on.