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Brattleboro, VT, United States, 2006/12/07 - KUSIKUY, a hand made natural clothing company, offers ancient solutions to today’s diapering needs with Eco Soft alpaca blend covers, woolens and leggings. Soft, durable alpaca has kept Inca babies dry and comfortable for 5,000 years.
Kusikuy Clothing Co. provides practical and fashionable solutions to the many challenges of keeping babies and toddlers safe and dry. For 5,000 years, the Incas have been using products made from alpaca and llama fibers to swath their babies. The woven and knitted fibers are hypo-allergenic, soft, warm, light-weight, and water-resistant. Today, Kusikuy provides you with diaper covers and leggings that are made from the proven alpaca and llama fibers, and are effectively used with both pre-fold and fitted diapers. There is no need to lanolize the diaper covers, and the hand-loomed products are machine washable.
Kusikuy’s natural fiber diaper covers are made with soft elastic that is self-encased along the waist so they are fitted to prevent leakage, but do not dig into or irritate baby skin. They can also be used as layers and non-diaper items, such as for shorts outerwear, over tights as pants, or under pants for extra warmth. Prices range from $28.00 retail for KUSIKUY’s popular Eco Shorties, to $56.00 for the full night time protection, Eco Soakers. The diaper covers are available in size small for 12 months to 1 year, medium fits 1-2 year olds, and size large fits 2-4 year olds. Size extra small will be available in 2007, to fit 3-12 month olds. KUSIKUY also now has a complete line of baby leggings.
KUSIKUY’s hand-knit Striped Diaper Cover Shorties are made from 100% superfine alpaca fiber. They are extremely soft, warmer even than lambs wool but fingerling weight, and are best used over fitted diapers. The shorts are durable and sensible, yet also stylish, available in colorful natural-dyed fibers that match those of the Kusikuy baby sweaters and leggings. The legs on the shorts fit to cover all of the diaper, and contain all mess, without soaking through. There are three wooden buttons on the crotch area, providing ease of access to change the diaper. The shorts are also designed to be worn stand-alone, as fashionable outerwear. The Striped Diaper Cover Shorties retail for $36.
The Eco Shorties serve as a diaper cover and shorts, and are made from fiber that is 80% llama and 20% alpaca. They are hand-loomed, and are soft, absorbent, durable, and odor-free. The shorts are also machine washable, and don’t pill. The Eco Shorties retail for $28. The Eco Woolens are a pants version of the Eco Shorties, with full leg coverage and can be worn year-round, in any climate. They are designed as both a cover for fitted cloth diapers, and also can be layered as outerwear or under other pants. The rib knit cuff provides for a comfortable fit to keep the pant legs from riding up. The Eco Woolens retail for $48.
Kusikuy’s line of natural and practical diapering solutions also includes The Eco Soakers, designed with the help of Karen Amidon of Green Mountain Diapers. This product provides the benefit of all of the others outlined, and also offers a double-layer. The Soakers are a combination of both the Shorties and the Woolens, with one soft and flexible fully encased waistband. They do not soak through the night without a diaper change, and can be used with both pre-fold and fitted diapers. In addition to sizes that support ages 1-4, the Eco soakers will be available in size extra small (6-12 months) as of 2007, and retail for $56.
“When we visited my children’s gradmother on her remote Bolivian farm,” KUSIKUY owner, Tamara Stenn explains, “my two year old daughter insisted in wearing the same pair of eco-soakers every day and night for a week. At the end of the week, though peppered with a few burrs and prickers, the soakers looked and smelled as fresh as when they were first put on!”
The Kusikuy Baby Leggings (kusikuy.com) are both an alternative and compliment to all of the diaper cover products. ECers (potty training toddlers, using the Elimination Communication philosophy) benefit from the leggings, in that only the legs may be covered. In addition the leggings can be used in conjunction with both the Striped Hand-Woven Shorties and the Eco Shorties. For a unique and stylish look, the Baby Leggings can accessorize any outfit, as they are lightweight and hand-loomed with colorful and naturally soft fibers. New this year, a pair of Leggings retails for $20, and are available in all sizes.