A Shibori Diaper: Free Form Kumo or Spiderwebs
ca. mid twentieth century
25 1/2" x 12", 64.5 cm x 30.5 cm
This loop of gauzy, lightweight, clingy cotton is dyed in the shibori method--and it is a diaper.
This is a typical traditional Japanese diaper; by "loop" we mean that although the dimensions, above, state that this is "25 1/2", 64.5 cm" long, it is actually twice that since this cloth is doubled up on itself and hand stitched to form a "loop."
The simple, shibori decoration is lovely; the indigo is likely not botanical.
Were the stitching of this diaper undone, it would make a lovely, casual scarf or home accessory.