An Itajime Diaper #1: Broken Grid
ca. mid twentieth century
26" x 12 3/4", 66 cm x 32.5 cm
This loop of lightweight 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 "26", 66 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--a clamped and folded technique called itajime--is lovely, as is the irregular dyeing that results in a broken grid. Please note a small stain some faint, very small ink writing.
If the stitching of this diaper were to be undone, it would make a lovely, casual scarf or home accessory.