An Itajime Shibori Diaper: Kikko and Grey Ground
ca. mid twentieth century
25" x 13", 63.5 cm x 33 cm
This lightweight cotton cloth 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 a pale grey ground, the blue pattern being a repeating hexagon.
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.Some surface wear, a tiny stain, but otherwise in fairly good, used condition.