Diva Milano are producers of high end woven wraps made from Egyptian cotton which is known world wide got its quality. The fabric used to make them is made in the same factory as that used by Versace and Armani to make their textiles. We are therefore talking about a luxury brand. Luxury can be expensive, this is where the Diva Milano Essenza range comes in.
The Diva Milano Essenza range are the mid range priced wraps and do help make this luxury brand a little more affordable. This wrap currently retails at 92euro, where as the standard Diva Milano 100% cotton start at 140euro. Unlike the traditional ranges, these wraps are produced in India and use Indian cotton. However, like their factory in Italy they are made with high quality cotton and AZO free dyes.
But to the touch they still feel like a premium brand. It was the softness of this wrap, along with the striking colour which initially attracted me to it. I am told that initially they weren't quite as soft out of box but I had no complaints. It was definitely on its way to being broken in.
As my wrapping days are drawing to a close I am always excited to get to play with new wraps and I jumped at the chance to test one of the new Essenza range by Diva Milano. I have not wrapped with a Diva Milano before so this was an exciting opportunity. The wrap I was sent is Diva Essenza Lilla in a size 6. I was the 4th person to test this wrap.
When this wrap arrived I was instantly struck by the pattern. It was girlie but not too girlie and even my 4 year old wanted to be carried in it. He weighs 18kg but was weightless. There is just the right amount of bounce to the fabric which made it lovely and supportive even for bigger kids. But, it isn't just a big kid wrap. My youngest is 2 (Pictured at top of page) and it also gave cuddles to Mr B and Miss Z, aged 1year and 3 weeks, and both their mummies liked it too. This wrap was thick but not too thick. As the wrap is not fully broken in it did take some effort working the slack out. As you can see from the ruck sack carry in picture below the top rail is a little loose. But when I tied a Pocket Wrap Cross carry I was able to remove the slack to create a very comfortable carry. The addition of clear middle markers on the top and bottom of the wrap also help with wrapping. If I only wanted to buy one wrap then this wrap could be it. It's ability to be used across age groups is a definite bonus.
I'm Rachel, an experienced babywearer and consultant. In July 2011 I decided to establish the NESL to help the NE to carry their babies big and small. I'm mama to Henry (5yrs) and Isaac (2yr).