OTO X SLAB

The Indonesian bib called an “Oto”, is a garment that children wore around the torso. The bib was worn in Java until approxi- mately 1933. It was made from cotton and had colourful batik prints as decoration. 

The Dutch bib  called a “slabbetje” was a well-known garment designed specifically for babies and small children. This bib was used around 1860 and was made from a white rib cotton fabric. The edges were decorated with embroidery. 

When placing the images next to each other, it is evident that both of the bibs share a triangular shape. The Indonesian bib, how- ever, has a straight cut compared to the Dutch bib, which is curved instead. The triangle shape is practical. It allows the wearer to tie the garment around their torso. Using only the ribbons, they can tie it around the neck and the waist. Tying the ribbons in this particular way, the bib is secured and will stay in place.