In the baby wearing world of nowadays we often use terms like “remaking, remixing, rereleasing, cloning”. All these terms are usually used to refer to the newer versions of the previously released wraps. So today we will mainly focus on rereleasing and omit speaking about “wrapping piracy” – one the most popular and discussed topics nowadays. Speaking of rereleasing we mean cases when particular versions were rereleased in a partly or fully repeated way.
Nowadays most of the wrap companies are relatively young and do not have a rich background with a list of best sellers for all the times. That’s why we have chosen to speak about Didymos – a company with a 40 year old history and with the largest number of rereleases in the wrapping industry.
Didymos can truly be called as one of the “founding fathers” of the wrapping industry (covering both those who still carry and those who are here to collect). However, Didymos is a company with a mysterious type of policy – just because a part of its policy can hardly be either understood or explained, e.g.:
- Why were some most beloved and popular wraps never rereleased despite the customers’ constant request?
- Why were others rereleased sometimes being completely repeated and sometimes even more than once?
- And why were others repeated only partly with a slight change in a color way or blend?
Whether this can be regarded as the company’s whim, or whether it is part of the company’s inner policy, or whether it depends on the yarns costs and their availability, will remain a secret to us.
We have tried to perform a deep analysis of the best known wraps being rereleased but we should still remember that Didymos has produced a great number of wraps, lots of them being similar one to another, and that it is hard to keep all of them in mind and there is always a chance of skipping one of the rereleased versions.
Most of the rereleased versions of Didymos wraps can be very similar one to another or even have the same name but at the same time they can have completely different wrapping qualities. So we do hope that this article will split some light on the theme of rereleasing in Didymos world.
Nino Silk Natur
In 2007 Didymos released a number of wraps which remained one of the most expensive and sought after – Nino Natur and Chamomile with 30% silk in their blend. Unlike all other silk releases, Didymos used a mixed silk-cotton thread for these very wraps. Thanks to the limited release and the unique oily softness (which remains unique even nowadays despite the huge numbers of wraps released) these wraps are still a DISO to every collection.
In the spring of 2010 Didymos came out with a release of Nino Natur! This time it was a tussah silk blend. The release was much awaited. It was the first time tussah silk was used for weaving a wrap and the result was unpredicted.
But with the higher expectations came a bitter disappointment – it was not soft, to the opposite it was thick and reminded of rough paper to the touch. Large numbers were released and they were considered a good “working horse”. They are still loved for their easy-to-care blend, good support and their grip, but they have nothing to do with the wrapping qualities of the legendary NIino Silk Natur.
Nino Silk Natur wraps were often dyed, and the range of colors was great. The main distinctive feature between the two of them was that that when using acid dyes Nino Tussah Silk wraps became contrastive while Nino Silk Natur did not, which was explained by the use of the mixed thread.
Indio Cashmere Natur
It was the first cashmere blend used for the Indio weave and was released in 2008. It is a natural and grey wrap with 30 % cashmere and surface weight of about 240 gr/m2. The wrap is soft, cushy, but still dense and toddler proof, which made it popular, a constant DISO and led to a high market value.
November, 7th, 2012 one more version of Indio Cashmere was released.
The release of 2012 differs a lot from the one of 2008. It’s a 40 % cashmere blend, the cashmere thread is darker, which provides a sharper contrast. Moreover, its surface weight is about 205 gr/m2, which makes it a rather thin wrap.
The above wrap is the release of 2012, the one below is that of 2008 (pictures taken by Tatiana Shilova).
But Didymos went on… and in the autumn of 2013 it released another Indio with the same grey cashmere in its blend – Indio Kaschmir Steingrau. It is a 40% cashmere blend, a thick and supportive wrap.
Indio Violet White
Indio Violet White is a 100 % cotton blend. For many years it remained in Didymos’ standard range, so there are lots of versions on the market today – from the older versions of rebozoes with a fringe up till the latest ones. The surface weight – no wonder – differs, the average being about 210 gr/m2.
On October, 21th 2014 Didymos released its upgraded version (along with a number of classic tricolor cotton blends). As opposed to the old one, the new Violet White is a tricolor blend (but for the white and purple threads it contains one black thread) and its purple thread is lighter. The surface weight is 210 gr/m2.
In the autumn of 2015 Didymos came out with a release of Indio Amethyst with 40% hemp in its blend, which reminds us of the older Violet White version.
Amethyst has a colored warp (as opposed to Violet White which has a white warp), but the high contrast and the purple fade are exactly the same. Amethyst’s surface weight is 240 gr/m2. It is a rather thick and soft wrap and is suitable for bigger kids.
Indio Cobalt Rouge
Indio Cobalt Rouge with 40% linen in its blend was released February, 8th, 2010. It is also known as Rouge. It is a beautiful shimmery wrap.
But in spite of its beauty its wrapping qualities were not that popular. It was a thin wrap suitable for warm weather and mostly babies.
However, Didymos loved the idea of combining red and blue and a bit later the company came out with the release of 2 more supportive versions:
- Indio Orient with 40 % linen in its blend was released January, 13th, 2015 (surface weight – 195 gr/m2).
- Indio Aqua Zyklame with 40% hemp in its blend was released June, 12th, 2012 (surface weight – 215 gr/m2). It was Dydomos’s first release where colored hemp was used.
Indio Lila Azzurro with 40% linen in its blend was released March, 16th, 2010. It is Didymos’ legendary wrap, one of the most beautiful Indio wraps. For many years it remained one of the most sought after, demanded and expensive wraps.
One of the reasons for this was the fact that only 50 wraps were released then – it was considered to be a small release – and all of them were size 6. Despite the huge numbers of fans’ requests there was no rerelease till…
In 2012 Didymos announced about the release of… Indio Holunder-Aqua. It was still unclear then whether it was to be a rerelease of Indio Lila-Azzurro or whether it was just a similar wrap.
Indio Holunder-Aqua turned to be a medium weight wrap with 40% linen in its blend and with wrapping qualities just similar to those of Indio Lila-Azzurro. Nevertheless, they look quite different. Indio Holunder-Aqua has a darker purple warp, while the weft is turquoise-green.
Pictures taken from didy-vsem:
Indio Holunder-Aqua release was small and the demand was great. But this time Didymos made an additional release, so that everyone could get the wrap. As compared to Lila-Azzurro, Holunder-Aqua looks different when wrapped. Moreover, it was released in a large number, that’s why it was never much demanded and didn’t affect Lila-Azzurro’s market value.
October, 7th, 2015 Lila-Azzurro got one more step-brother – Indio Viola-Azzurro with 30% linen in its blend and surface weight at about 250 gr/m2.
However, this time this release was not that much awaited (the loss of interest for the release can be explained by the fact that the market got saturated). The release was small and is considered to be a custom for one of its Facebook groups. Later Didymos wove more wraps for the Canadian shop Birdiesroom.
Indio Viola-Azzurro differs from Indio Lila-Azzurro. Viola-Azzurro is much thicker and more toddler worthy. The blue thread is the same, but the purple warp is darker in Viola (the bottom one on the picture is Indio Amethyst):
Indio April is a 100% cotton blend. It was released April, 15th, 2010. It is a thin wrap but it was much loved and demanded for its shimmery and color way.
In the autumn of 2012 Didymos released its clone – one more Indio April, this time with 50% hemp in its blend. While looking quite similar, their wrapping qualities are quite different: the one with hemp is thicker and denser.
Indio Gold Rubin with 40% linen in its blend was released May, 18th, 2010. It was a small and rather popular release.
In a year, in 2011, it was rereleased. The new version contained 50% linen in its blend (the first one 40%) and the linen thread was a bit brighter. But on the whole there are almost no differences between the two of them.
Indio Rose with 30% silk in its blend was released February, 24th, 2011.
It is the thickest and densest silk Indio ever woven with outstanding wrapping qualities. Quite a lot has been written about this beautiful wrap and it is all true.
Indio Rose with mulberry silk is known for its outstanding wrapping qualities. There is one more version of it – also with 30% silk, only this time with tussah silk. This one is thin (its surface weight is 160 gr/m2) and scratchy (its fine grippy weave together with the scratchiness of the tussah silk fibres reminds rough paper to the touch). Its wrapping qualities and the way it looks differ completely from Indio Rose with mulberry silk.
But very often people were misguided by the same name.
Indio Grass with 50% hemp in its blend was released March, 31th, 2012. It is a bright and medium weight wrap with surface weight at about 250 gr/m2. It is soft, supportive and its color is stunning. Indio Grass is considered one of the best summer wraps.
2 years later, April, 2014 Didymos released another version of Grass – Indio Jade. The cotton warp is of the same color, while the weft has two natural threads – linen and hemp. Its surface weight is declared 270 gr/m2, but when completely broken in, it feels less.
A new Indio Jade wrap is carton, after washing it starts waving (perhaps because of the difference of the linen and hemp threads and the degree of their shrinking), but it is still a great soft summer wrap.
In the autumn of 2015 Didymos released a new Grass – with 40% hemp in its blend and this one seems to be the exact copy of the first one.
It should be noted that in the last few years Didymos has started using labels stating the year of the release. Otherwise, it can become quite a challenge to find out the year of the release.
Indio Petrol is a 40% hemp blend. It is a stunning semi-natural Indio which was first released February, 6th, 2012 to celebrate a second anniversary of the Russian Didymos Lovers community. It was a limited release.
Didymos lovers just got crazy! There were not enough wraps released. The rush went down with its second release which happened February, 27th. This time it was a large release. However, the petrol hemp of the second release differs a bit from that of the first one: the first release has a snow-white hemp thread, while in the second one it is natural and less spinned. That’s why second release wraps are softer, but the hemp thread is fluffier.
Since then there has been no end to Indio Petrol!
March, 2013 Didymos released Indio Petrol with 30% tussah silk in its blend and surface weight at about 175 gr/m2.
It is a thin, grippy and scratchy wrap. The combination of the scratchy tussah silk with the fine Indio pattern provides extra grip.
April, 2015 Didymos presented Indio Aqua Silk – same petrol cotton and 30% natural bourette silk with surface weight 180 gr/m2. But it was a wide one – 80 cm in width – even extra wide. It was a thin soft summer wrap suitable for babies with no actual use for its extra width.
And finally in April, 2015 Didymos made its third release –Indio Petrol with 40% hemp. There is no information on whether the last version differs from the previous two.
Indio Flamenco is a 40% hemp blend. It was first released October, 10th, 2012 in a rather small number and was made for the Canadian shop Birdiesroom, where it was all sold out.
But there was such a great demand for this wrap, that in May, 2013 it was rereleased and became known as Indio Flamenco Hemp 2013.
A third release of this wrap took place in February, 2014.
There are no reviews or information whether these 3 versions really differ, perhaps the only difference is their labels with the release date.
June, 2014 Didymos released one more Indio Flamenco with 20% bourette silk and surface weight 200 gr/m2.
The colors of the bourette silk and hemp Flamencoes are almost the same, but their wrapping qualities differ. Indio Flamenco with bourette silk is a thin, soft wrap suitable mostly for babies.
Rereleasing: is it a positive or negative phenomenon? It depends.
On the one hand, more beautiful wraps are available and it’s definitely good for baby wearers who don’t need and like all these games like “fast fingers get it first”, etc.
But on the other hand, it is not that good for real admirers and collectors. A wrap which is easily available has no collective value. Moreover, its market value is not that high. Rereleasing diminishes the market value of the previously so sought after wrap (in this case the releases should look similar and their wrapping qualities should be identical).
Moreover, constant rereleasing (together with plagiary) makes the public feel bored with the same ideas and patterns, and all the same names just sound misleading.
But sometimes it may still be a pleasure to see a rereleased version which takes you back to the very beginning of your wrapping days.
The article together with the pictures
was provided By Yulia Cherepanova.
Translation: Ksenia Mizrahi.