A Clamp Dyed Shibori Diaper: Spare Snowflowers
mid to late twentieth century
24 1/4" X 12 1/2", 61.5 cm X 31.75 cm
This lightweight cotton cloth measures, as shown as 24 1/4" or 61.5 cm in length, when in reality as it is twice that since this is a length of cotton that has been stitched as a "tube," short end to short end.
It is a diaper and is dyed in the itajime shibori or clamp dyed method. The cotton would have been folded in a series of triangular folds, then clamped, and then the edges would have been dyed. The result is this field of blue on white, six pointed "flowers" which are arranged in ordered repeat. There are two very short remnants of what were once cotton ties that are hand stitched to one side of this diaper.
The diaper good, used condition with just a few stains, shown on the accompanying detail photos.