I live in Philly and I was browsing in a store that sold Asian textiles. I had my boy in his Girasol and the lady who ran the store wanted to see how it was tied etc., then she dug through this basket and pulled out 4 baby carriers that she bought in Vietnam--they are traditional Hmong carriers.
Well, I had almost not even brought my wallet with me that day but thank heavens I did. I immediately took Diego out of his Girasol and tried on the carrier she had. It was SO fabulous. I bought one on the spot and then ended up going back to the store to buy two more of them.
The lady was so excited that she gave me a discount and took a picture of me holding Diego in it. She said that she figured that someone might buy one to hang on their wall because they are so beautiful, but that "no one would be willing to give up their Bjorn and actually use it!"
It is kind of like a Kozy except that it only has straps at the top which go over your shoulders, cross in the back and then tied under the babe's bum. It is so simple and will be really cool for summer.
The fabric is absolutely GORGEOUS--quilted and embroidered and it is a little faded as she bought it used in Vietnam. I love the idea of all the little Hmong babies who might have ridden in it.
She said that in Vietnam they wear the babies on the back with it, which I have done with Diego. This week I also tried turning him around so he faced forward which he loved (he hadn't ever done that before).
Best of all, the design is so simple that I made one for my friend in 2 hours. She just came over and pawed through my fabric stash and I made her one that night that she can take on her beach vacation next week.
Can you tell I'm a little excited? I'm going to try to post a link for a picture of me and my little guy in it.
I just love how I happened to find it in this store and that it is an authentic carrier from a totally other part of the world. Yay!