We often get questions like "What is the difference between Isara's different fabric types?", "Which models contain linen?" and "What type of material should I choose for my warm child?"
Of course, we'd love to answer! But first a recommendation that might make the choice easier:
All carriers from Isara are soft from the start and do not require washing before use. Although materials/weaves are different, our recommendation is to choose a carrier you think is beautiful and not make the decision primarily based on the fabric - as they are all really good quality and soft around you and baby.
We have put together an overview of Isara's different fabrics, with a detailed description, which hopefully makes it easy to see the many wonderful fabrics :)
If you're looking for a guide to baby carriers, including Isara's The One, Quick Half Buckle and Quick Fullbuckle - and all our other carriers - it's right here.
Isara makes baby carriers in 6 different fabrics:
Here we are dealing with Isara's most used fabric type. These carriers are woven in 100% organic cotton with a GMS of 280. The fabric is GOTS certified and is nice and soft from the start.
The weave is a jacquard weave, which means that the individual threads are woven individually on the loom rather than in groups, and therefore you can create beautiful and soft lines in the weave, as we see it with Isara's Diamonda and Pixelated patterns for example, and with the detailed animals on the Wildlife and Terra carriers. The Pixelated pattern has a bit more texture than the other patterns and therefore seems a bit thicker. This also applies to Pixelated Bamboo.
- Satin woven cotton
Many of Isara's plain-coloured baby carriers are satin-woven. They are made from 100% organic cotton with a GMS of 220. The fabric is GOTS-certified and it is nice and soft from the start.
The satin weave is something many of us may be familiar with from bedding, but it simply means that the weft thread runs over 3-5 warp threads before going under one warp thread. And so it continues staggered across the fabric. The result is that the fabric becomes completely smooth and the weave almost invisible. Still, the fabric is not shiny, as you might remember from teenage bedsheets :) But completely smooth and soft, it definitely is!
- Cotton canvas
The third type of fabric that Isara works with is canvas. They use it for some of the solid coloured carriers, like Black-a-Porter and Manhattan and as a base for the very detailed prints Rose Eden and Universe. Isara's canvas is made from 100% organic cotton with a GMS of 230. The fabric is GOTS certified and is nice and soft from the start.
The canvas weaving (which you might also know from regular canvas) is a very simple weaving method, where the threads are woven together one by one. This weave is one of the strongest weaves, as the threads cross each other all the time. It is super easy to keep as canvas very rarely gets pulls. On the other hand, it is not quite as soft as the other Isara fabrics.
- Wrap fabric with bamboo
Isara also makes carriers in woven fabric with bamboo. They are jacquard woven and consist of 52% organic cotton and 42% bamboo. GMS is 245 and the fabric is GOTS certified and is lovely and soft from the start.
What we often hear is that baby carriers with bamboo (and linen) are better for warm children, in the same way as a wowen wrap with bamboo, for example. However, this cannot be transferred 1-to-1 from wraps to baby carriers, as a baby carrier does not wrap the baby as closely as a longer piece of fabric. There is plenty of natural ventilation at both arms, legs and for the wearer on the back/belly, and the cooling properties of bamboo are therefore not a factor in the same way in a baby carrier.
Wrap fabric with bamboo will, however, be slightly softer than an equivalent weave in 100% cotton. Pixelated Bamboo, for example, is slightly softer than Pixelated Blue Planet, but we're on the decimals. All Isara baby carriers are comfortable to wear close to the skin, for both wearer and child.
- Wrap fabric with linen
Just as there are blends with bamboo, Isara also makes carriers in woven fabric with linen. They are jacquard woven and made of 45% organic cotton and 55% linen and are nice and soft from the start.
The GMS is 280, so slightly higher than the other carriers, and the fabric is GOTS certified. The carriers in a woven fabric with linen are a nice soft fabric that feels a bit thinner than 100% cotton and the other blends. Au Naturel reflects light beautifully and has a little bit of shine.
Linen is a natural material made from the flax plant and its stalk. The fibres from which the linen fabric is made are hollow, which means that the fabric dries exceptionally fast.
We often hear that baby carriers with linen are better for warm children, in the same way as a fixed wrap with linen, for example, because of linen's moisture-absorbing and airy qualities. However, this cannot be transferred 1-to-1 from wraps to baby carriers, as a baby carrier does not wrap the child in the same way as a longer piece of fabric. There is plenty of natural ventilation at both arms, legs and for the wearer on the back/belly, and the cooling properties of linen are therefore not a factor in the same way in a baby carrier. You can therefore easily choose any of Isara's baby carriers, even if you have to carry a warm child.
The carriers in woven linen are wonderfully light and the fabric feels slightly thinner. Au Naturel reflects the light beautifully and has a little bit of shine.
The newest addition to Isara's range is wrap fabric with a bit of lurex, which gives a nice metallic pattern. Golden Nest is made of 75% organic cotton and gold thread in metallic yarn (25% lurex). The gold thread is soft and pliable, like the rest of the fabric in the carrier, and in no way compromises the softness of the carrier.
How to wash your Isara baby carrier
You don't need to wash your carrier when you receive one from us, you can just put it to use straight from the box.
All Isara baby carriers can be machine washed using a mild detergent and washed on a gentle cycle. Do not use a tumble dryer or fabric softener. Do not leave the carrier to dry in direct sunlight as this may cause the colours to fade. And close all buckles before machine washing :)
However, we always recommend removing stains locally with a little soap and water and only washing the carrier when necessary. This will prolong the life of the carrier.