Welcome to Gila Covers
My name is Gila and I decided to create nursing covers that would meet the needs and desires of so many mothers out there who want to give the best to their hungry little critters.
Each nursing cover is made with soft organic cotton and colored with lively designs whose dyes are derived from vegetables, so it's chemical free. The corset boning at the top allows Mommy to make eye contact with her baby and to make positioning much easier. The strap that holds the cover on can be adjusted in length and there is a pocket on the front for holding tissues or pacifiers.
For any mother who wants to discreetly nurse her baby, this is a great option.
It all began after I gave birth to my fourth child and found that none of my waistlines fit, and I feared having to buy a whole new wardrobe. Lucky for me, spring came quickly and at an Earth Day event, I met a wonderful woman who sold wrap skirts that could fit any size. They were made with earthy colors and designs on the softest cotton that made me melt when I touched it. After joyfully wearing these skirts day in and day out, I found the lady I bought them from and decided to partner with her to make nursing shawls out of the very fabric I coveted.
I was surprised to find out that not only is the cotton organic, but the dyes are non-chemical - they're derived from vegetables! Artisans in India, who work as families (meaning, husband and wife), create the fabric by hand by printing the design outline, stamping each color individually (each stamp is about 4 x 4 inches - see photo at right bottom) and then the background. The patterns used have been passed down through generations.
Afterward, there is a long, arduous process that takes three weeks of fixing the dye: the material is set in the sun, then placed in a river to allow the rocks and water current to naturally beat the dye into the cotton. This is done at least three times and then it is laundered, pressed, sewn and shipped.
I can proudly say that the artisans who make the material and sew the products earn more than a living wage. I wouldn't have it any other way.