A Swaddle inspired by the Heavenly Mother
One of the first things we do when a baby is born is snuggle our precious one in a blanket. We swaddle our little royals with the softest muslin to help them feel secure, warm, and establish the reassurance of “home”. While we look for the physical quality of the blanket – one that is the softest, gentlest, and safest; created from breathable, organic fabrics, we also search for the loveliest, and consider patterns and colors for their beauty and meaning. As kids grow, swaddles become dresses and superhero capes, forts, blankets at parks and cover-ups at beaches, respite from the hot sun, and much more. At the end of the day, a well-loved swaddle reverts to the snuggliest bedtime companion. We’ve always thought: a blankie that spends so much time with a child ought to be as meaningful as it is beautiful and functional.
This is why we created swaddle blankets that are not only best made, but also express a spiritual dimension. Our dream is a blanket that your baby will want to sleep, play and snuggle in, from the time they’re newborn into childhood, that will also be a constant reminder to each sweet child of the loving reality our eyes often fail to see – that their guardian angels and saints, and especially our Heavenly Mother, are watching over them, wrapping them in love and care, and that each of them is a little royal child of a loving King, who made them good and wants them to be happy.
Bamboo is the silkiest, softest and most anti-microbial and temperature controlling fabric that can touch a baby’s skin. Although bamboo can sometimes be blended with cotton for durability and pigment retention, we chose this time to keep them 100% bamboo, because we think you will love its luscious feel, wellness properties, and sustainability just as it is, pure and organic. For longevity, machine wash your bamboo swaddle cold with like colors, and if you dry it, go easy on temperatures. Some fading is natural with organic materials and pigments, but the benefit is the one of the coziest and healthiest swaddles for your Little Royal.
WRAPPED IN EVENING STARS
Are you not in the folds of my mantle?
Wrap your Little Royals in the beauty and comfort of the generously-sized, luxuriously-soft bamboo swaddle, designed to evoke heavenly care in evening twilight. The Wrapped in Evening Stars swaddle pattern has been watercolored by hand in deep nighttime ombre punctured by brilliant eight-pointed stars, after the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
During tumultuous colonial years in Mexico, a woman came down from heaven and appeared to native, Juan Diego, promising to “give all my love, compassion, help and protection to all who call upon me for help”. She poured out her motherly heart in tender words in his native language:
“Am I not here, I who am your Mother?
Are you not under my shadow and protection?
Are you not in the folds of my mantle?”
Juan Diego was shocked to find the cold winter hill he was standing on suddenly growing lush with Castilian roses, which she instructed him to pick and put in his cloak, or “tilma”. He opened the tilma full of freshly picked roses to the bishop of the city, and as the brilliant Castilian roses fell out onto the floor, everyone gasped, for a wondrous image of the Madonna was imprinted on the simple tilma. In her image, she wears a the royal teal mantle of the Aztec royalty, covered in gold stars, draped over a rose toned pregnancy gown with native floral glyphs and jasmine flower pattern, also in gold.
At first glance, the mantle seemed to bear a beautiful but random scattering of stars. However, after examining them, astronomers soon determined that, not only are the stars on her mantle not random, but they are actually in the form of real constellations, positioned exactly as they were on the night she appeared, December 12, 1531. Poignantly, on the woman’s head is the constellation called “Corona Borealis”, or “northern crown”, ideal for the true Queen of Heaven and Earth. This mantle is but beautiful reminder of Mary’s constant, motherly protection over your child. Her tender words from that same miraculous apparition are painstakingly hand-calligraphed upon the edge of the swaddle: “Are you not in the folds of my mantle?” She offers heavenly comfort and help to any earthly guardian of a precious child. Blanket your little one in the skies of her mantle and she will never leave your Petit Royal’s side.
The actual starry constellation pattern displayed upon the image’s mantle – still residing at the Cathedral in Mexico City, Mexico – is so exact, that generations of scientists have been unable to explain its current existence. The pattern of stars is not displayed from the perspective of humanity looking heavenward at the night sky, but rather as if someone is looking from above the stars themselves, and through them, down to earth below. It is striking mirror-image of the constellations on that night of December 12, 1531. The apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe is still miraculously ongoing and devotion to her is widespread. The same Mother who wrapped her holy infant in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, now wraps her mantle around each heart of today, asking, “Are you not in the folds of my mantle?”