An Itajime Shibori Diaper: Pale Blue Indigo
mid twentieth century
27" x 12 1/2", 68.5 cm x 31.75 cm
This supple, lightweight cotton cloth measures, as shown as 27" or 68.5 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 traditional Japanese diaper and is dyed in the itajime shibori or clamp dyed method. The cotton would have been folded, then clamped, and then the edges would have been dyed. The result is this pale blue, indigo dyed grid.
The indigo color is faint and is a blue-grey. In seemingly unused or lightly used condition this diaper is hand stitched.