Boyne Valley Weavers Ruana Wrap
Purchased this in white, which is actually a soft ivory, but felt the material was too rough or scratchy against my skin. But because it's such a generous size and made with natural fibers like wool and alpaca, I wasn't too worried about treating it like I do my cashmere sweaters. I simply folded the wrap (to prevent the fringe from becoming knotted) and carefully placed it inside of a zippered lingerie wash bag. I put it through a hand wash cold water cycle, adding fabric softener liquid to the rinse. When it was finished, I took it out of the lingerie bag and let it air dry (hang or dry flat). Doing this softened it up nicely and gave it a pretty scent. And, there was no shrinkage. I've always treated my cashmeres and natural fibers this way. I like the way it turns out, it softens the hair fiber much better than dry cleaning does, in my opinion.
Texture is fabulous!
I recently purchased this in "white", which actually is an ivory color. It has a great texture, though the loose weave has me worried that it may eventually pull. That said, it is gorgeous! I received multiple compliments the first time out. The color will allow me to use it throughout the year, in any situation - home, travel, work, night out, weekends...you name it this will be the go to wrap. The other great thing is it has a "fitted" neckline. The fabric isn't just slit, so it wraps around the back of your neck correctly, and will have a longer life. (Much better than the Isaac M cashmere one I tried and returned before.) I think the fabric will soften with use. I have another ruana a friend of mine bought when she was in Scotland that is a red plaid - and that somewhat limits it to fall and winter use. I am so very pleased I took the plunge and ordered this one! Thank you QVC!
Love the Green
When I first tried it on I felt it overpowered me and was too rough in texture. But the more I played with it, the more I liked it. I'm going to New England in the fall, and to Dallas Texas in Dec. I think it will be perfect for my trips, and for the few cooler days we get in So. Fl. And of course did I mention the beautiful green. The color makes me feel happy.
Wouldn't Wear This One!
I got this one in green and the material was awful and looked so cheap that I wouldn't even wear this around the house. Waited so long for this but looks nothing like on TV.
Beautiful emerald Wrap!
I'm glad I ordered this wrap as an OTO the other day! I had been looking at this since the day it was introduced but couldn't justify the price. I really wanted the blue but that color has been sold out forever so I decided on the emerald instead. It is beautiful! It is lightweight, soft and surprisingly warm. I'm 5'8" and it covers the tush. I will get a lot of wear out of this wrap and am looking forward to the Rose of Tralee Day. I'm not irish but I appreciate the workmanship that goes into all of these garments.
This is a beautiful wrap and so useful. I had it in blue and just bought it in green. The colors are stunning! I use it to grab the mail, walk the dog, walk the beach, evening concerts, cool movies, it goes on and on! Great to have when flying!
Ruana wrap - perfect for all occasions
I own several and this was purchased to replace my original. (It was starting to look a little worn. still wear it though)
I love the loose fit, and the long back. I am taller than average it covers my lower back. I have arthritis and the cold is very painful to me. I wear mine winter and summer (air conditioning is not good for me either.) It's light weight makes it perfect
I always look forward to the Irish items but his wrap is a neck hole cut into the fabric. Poorly, stiched, I might add. It is a deeper cream color and not comfortable at all. On its way back.
Poorly made, awkward to wear
The fabric is very loose, coming apart, and feels scratchy and not well made. The fringe was also clumped up. It is also too big and bulky for someone who is petite- 5. '2. I wanted to love it, but it was very disappointing.
Not For Me
It looked much better on TV. I didn't like the material and it was just too big & cumbersome for a 5'3" petite woman. I'm sending it back the day it was received.
Soft, Warm and Beautiful!
I have just ordered my third ruana and now own all three colors. Am I mad? You betcha == I am mad about this cozy hug of wool. I find it is just the right weight to wear over a jacket or bulky Irish sweater no matter what the weather. You know that air conditioning can simulate Arctic conditions all summer! Our church is as cold as a fridge sometimes...Boyne Valley Weavers to the rescue! I also own three othe BVW ruanas as well as two capes. Money more than well spent, my darlings!
When I first pulled it out I noticed the weave seemed loose and the texture odd and a little rough. Once I put it on and toyed with different ways to wear it, I realized why it has such a texture--so it won't slip! I haven't had a chance to wear it yet and I can tell it's going to take some figuring out of how to configure it to best suit me but it drapes very nicely and I think will be wonderful. Just be aware the weave is a little loose and may catch easily on things such as jewelry with prongs or if you have large dogs that jump, their claws might catch in it..