A Child or Baby's Shibori Han Juban: Itajime Shibori
mid twentieth century
17" x 25", 43 cm x 63.5 cm
This is an utterly charming, very small child's jacket or han juban, a kind of under-kimono.
It is entirely hand stitched from cotton. The most alluring detail of this small garment is its bodice, which is dyed in indigo in the itajime shibori method, a process in which the cloth is folded, clamped and dip dyed in order to produce a repeat pattern, in this case small, delicate, six-pointed "flowers" called sekka or snow flower.
The sleeves and the collar are made from an extremely pale yellow cotton which is in light contrast to the undyed cotton of the body of the jacket.
On the proper back there is one, pinhead sized stain, shown in detail photos, attached.
A remarkably adorable child's garment.