A Black Stitched White Cotton Zokin: Interesting Marks
mid twentieth century
8" x 12 1/2", 20.5 cm x 31.5 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 example shows a wonderfully sashiko stitched zokin which is a few layers thick and is stitched from white cotton and black thread. Note the offset brown color on the white cotton, ostensibly some dye which has rubbed off from another zokin sitting atop this one for decades.