A Pieced Boro Zokin: Two Distinct Sides

$25.00 USD
early to mid twentieth century
10" x 11", 25.5 cm x 28 cm

A zokin is a traditional Japanese dust cloth or cleaning rag; it is usually made from old pieces of cloth and it is usually layered and stitched for durability. 

Along with diapers, zokin are among the traditional household textiles that represent the end of the line where the repurposing or recycling of cloth is concerned.

This rough-looking pieced boro zokin is a few layers thick and is made from an subtle arrangement of old cotton cloth. It is sashiko stitched in a loosely executed grid pattern: the white stitches over the pieced cotton base is beautiful. Each side is very different from the other and do note the pale stain on the lower right hand corner of the dust rag.

A wonderful boro zokin with a very good old cotton cloth.