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Museum purchase, Gift of the Christensen Fund
An incomplete baby carrier (ties missing) made of two pieces of a dark, slightly greenish blue, indigo dyed cotton plain weave seamed along the horizontal center. The carrier is patterned with silk embroidery (chain and straight stitch) and square appliques of cotton with wax-resist dyeing (stenciled). The design consists of a lattice of squared diamonds, each set with a repeating motif arranged to form four interior squared diamonds. Specific areas have been left free of embroidery and are sewn with the indigo-dyed batik appliques, the larger occupying one element of the lattice, the smaller ones contained within embroidered lattice units. Overall, design forms an inverted T bounded by narrow borders, some embroidered, some consisting of applied ribbon. Embroidery colors are light orange, tan, pale pink, and red-violet; the embroidery thread is plied. The carrier is backed by indigo-dyed cotton plain weave in two pieces.