A Traditional Head Cover from Akita Prefecture: Spare Sashiko Stitches

$95.00 USD

mid twentieth century
58" x 12 1/2", 147.5 cm x 32 cm

This length of lined, indigo dyed cotton is a head covering from Japan's north east or Tohoku region. This long, cotton cloth is called a zukin or a naga tenugui.

This piece comes from Akita prefecture where this is a traditional form of work wear: it was worn for outside work in the fields, etc.

On the proper, left-hand side of the zukin is an applied patch of large scale cotton kasuri cloth. The top, short end of the head covering is sashiko stitched with rows of spare patterns: there is more sashiko stitching judiciously placed across the length of the cloth about 1/2 of the way up from the bottom.

This traditional head covering is lined with a length of commercially produced cotton cloth.

A beautiful, every day piece from country Japan this one has a surface that shows a patina from wear and some faint light fading, which can be expected.