An Itajime or Sekka Shibori Diaper
ca. mid twentieth century
25" x 12 1/2", 63.5 cm x 31.5 cm
This gauzy cotton cloth measures, as shown as 25" or 63.5 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, kaleidoscopic, six pointed "flowers"
which are configured more or less along the lines of a hexagon. Note that the dye has bled in irregular patterns along the length of the cloth, which adds a interesting variation to the motif.
The hexagon form is important to note as it is the tortoiseshell motif, which is a symbol meaning long life, a conveyance that anyone would wish for the baby wearing this diaper.
In good condition.