Sakura Bloom | Classic Linen | Ripple | Ring Sling | Review

 

This carrier is:

  • Sakura Bloom brand.
  • Ring sling.
  • 100% linen.
  • Single layer of fabric.
  • Only sold in “one size”
  • Classic is the name Sakura Bloom has given the density and structure of the sling and fabric.
  • Ripple is the name Sakura Bloom has given this particular colorway.

Sakura Bloom describes their classic ring slings this way:

Our Classic Collection – Our timeless classic, crafted from a single layer of fine Belgian linen. One size, adjustable. Newborn-35lbs. Linen is a timeless classic, beloved for millennia for its beauty, strength and versatility. Five times stronger than cotton and naturally antibacterial, linen is woven from spun flax — one of the most sustainable natural fibers in the world. Thermo-regulating with a built-in wicking property, our linen slings breathe wonderfully, keeping you warm and cozy in the winter and cool and dry in the summer.”

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • sturdy
  • strong
  • airy
  • breathable
  • light

We would be thrilled if you would add YOUR OWN review of this carrier! Reader reviews located at the end of the post near the comments section.

Considering it is only one single layer of linen, I’m surprised with how supportive it feels with a 20 lb baby, and how comfortable it is on my shoulder.

Compared to other Sakura Bloom linen slings I have tried, it is thicker than Pure and Gradient, and thinner than Chambray (although Chambray is a double layer).

Sakura Bloom double layer linens (Simple, Essential, or Chambray), felt more supportive to me than this. However, the double linens are also noticeably warmer to wear than single. When the intense heat of a Texas summer sets in, I reach for a single layer over a double most of the time!

The linen feels smooth to the touch, and breaks in buttery soft. It does have classic linen nubbly bumps, but they aren’t more noticeable than any other pure linen carrier. This one came to me secondhand, but hardly used. Linen tends to be a grippy fiber.  Sakura Bloom single layer slings are smoother, softer, and less grippy to me than other brands of 100% linen ring slings. The grippiness and roughness of linen is always most noticeable when new. They become softer and smoother, and less grippy, as the fabric “breaks in” with use.

The color is a muted teal with sort of an earthy undertone, rather than a vibrant jewel tone. For a similar color but in a bright jewel tone, I liked the From Alabama With Love linen ring sling Aloe color.

I have also owned Sakura Bloom Classic in Ash (grey) color. I used it almost exclusively for several months, and it became softer than I knew linen could feel.

The only disappointment I had with this sling was the colorfastness.  I washed it three times while I owned it, using the same washing routine I have used for hundreds of carriers. Each time, the color faded noticeably. It was so significant and disappointing that I emailed Sakura Bloom detailing my washing routine, and asking about possible defects to the Ripple color dye. They responded the only thing they are aware to fade the colors of their slings is using warm or hot water to launder them. I had washed in cold water.

I’ve owned several linen Sakura Bloom slings, including Classic Ripple, Classic Ash (a pale color), Lava Gradient (a mid tone and dark color), and Chambray Black Currant (a dark color). I didn’t experience noticeable fading with any of the other slings.

Also, surprisingly, Classic Ripple felt slightly thicker to the touch, and also measured two ounces heaver, than the Classic Ash I owned. Such a slight variation, but noticeable to me.

Other than the color issue, I enjoyed this sling in the heat of the summer with my six to nine month old baby. Once he exceeded 20 lb, I preferred the double layer Sakura Bloom Chambray.

MEASUREMENTS OF CLASSIC RIPPLE

73″ long

26″ wide

14 oz weight

 

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