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Catalog Number 2010.171.015G
Description Cotton Infant Binder, c. 1920s. Long, rectangular cotton piece with two seams, one at center and one at end. Each seam has three pieces of cotton tying ribbon. Hemstitch around edge of cloth. Piece was likely created as undergarment to wrap or bind midsection of a Vanta baby doll. Small tag on edge hem says "Vanta Binder Pat. July 7th 14." Small 'V' embroidered on small tag on hem.
Object Name Binder
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Cotton Infant Binder, c. 1920s
Date c. 1920s
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "Vanta Binder Pat. July 7th 14" (White tag with red writing sewn into outer seam);

"V" (sewn on small tag on hem)
Provenance Baby clothes of Helen Neuling Guido, and photograph of infant Helen in same clothing, 1920.
Notes "...Baby belly binders have been used to keep the stomach warm, reducing the risk of colic. It also keeps the diaper from rubbing against the umbilical stump, thereby reducing irritation. It also keeps the stump dry after cleaning and protects it from urination. This helps reduce the likelihood of infection." [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infant's_binder 3/23/2017]
Dimensions H-5.75 W-21.75 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Binders
Clothing
Costumes
Guido, Helen Neuling
Subjects Clothing & dress
Infants
People Guido, Helen Neuling