At NukuNuku we took time developing our own brand haramaki. Trading ethically and limiting negative impact on the environment are key to our values. We are fully behind initiatives such as the Fashion Revolution – which ask the consumer to think deeply about “who made my clothes?” and our mantra is quality over quantity.
Sourcing closer to home allows you to check your supply chain and support your own local economy. It also reduces airmiles and therefore your carbon footprint.
Our haramaki belly-bands are made from cotton that is grown in the EU (and therefore regulated by EU labour and environment laws) then knitted, dyed and finished in Nottingham by a small but hugely experienced British company. It is of the highest quality. Quality is key as we do not want to sell a throw away item, but a durable product that you can wash and wear time and again. We hate waste! Reducing waste is something very close to our hearts (and there are some great tips here). Our haramaki are cut from our lovely soft cotton/lycra and sewn by a small family company with years of experience in jersey fabrics and high standards of quality control who we work closely with.
Our family and friends have been wearing NukuNuku own brand haramaki day in day out for years and they are still going strong. We have customer feedback that supports this and the durability of our ‘kidney warmers. Our aim is to have our customers return to NukuNuku and recommend us because our product is the best quality and lasts. We want 100% satisfaction!
“After drop” is common after swimming in cold water; you get out and feel fine, and then you start to get colder, sometimes growing faint, shivering violently and feeling unwell.” (Outdoor Swimming Society)
Learning to head off the after drop is a key part of continuing to swim in cold water all year round. While in the cold water you can be lured into a false sense of security (numbness!) and stay in what turns out to be too long. With practice you learn your limitations (trial and error!) just how cold you are going to be about 10 minutes after getting out. You then learn to moderate your swim times and get out before you feel you have to. Then the key is warming up – slowly. If you have a hot shower for example the blood can run from your core (where it is working hard to maintain your core temperature and keep you alive!) to your skin and actually make your temperature drop along with your blood pressure – potentially making you feel faint and ‘stinging’ your skin.
As you start to warm up blood starts to recirculate in your extremities and peripheral blood vessels, cooling as it travels. You can lose up to 4.5°C from your core temperature. This is where you haramaki corewarmer comes in really really handy.
Tips to warm up after you get out of cold water:
Get dressed as soon as you can. Preferably starting with the top half of your body. Use a haramaki. Use a robe to get dressed quicker and keep out of the wind.
Put on a hat and gloves and have some tea from a flask you brought with you!
Put on lots of layers. Haramaki, gloves, hat, thermals.
Sip a warm drink: this helps warm the body gently from the inside.
Eat something: sugar will help raise body temperature so have some cake!
Sit in a warm environment: chance for more tea and more cake with your fellow swimmers….
Walk around to generate body heat. It can take some time to warm properly. Running up and down the beach while waiting for your friends-who-faff can help.
A haramaki is effectively a scarf for your middle – you wear it under your clothes and it keeps the area warm. By wearing a haramaki around your middle you can keep your feet and hands warm – really! While I am sitting typing this my feet were feeling cold. Haramaki on and 20 minutes later I my toes are ok! It appears that when your internal organs and core are warm your body can afford to divert blood to your extremities. It’s also very good at creating comforting warm feelings should you be having period pains, back ache, kidney issues etc.
In Japan people wear Haramaki for a slightly different reason. Japanese tradition has it that if the temperature of the stomach is too cool your system will be out of balance and you will be more prone to get ill. This is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM holds that if your middle is cold kidney energy will drain from the system – and this not only puts you at risk of urinary health issues, it also lowers energy and vitality. Try one and see for yourself!
The temperature has dropped. You still want to get outside in the sunshine and enjoy being outside. Or you are reluctant to put on the heating and are getting cold sitting at your desk. Put on a haramaki – stretchy cotton ‘belly-wrap’ and keep yourself warm from your core to your extremities. The extra layer round your middle will help keep your whole body warmer. It keeps you snug and warm where you need it most. Like a scarf for your middle….