A Boro Stitched Zokin: Layers
mid twentieth century
7 1/4" x 13 1/2", 18.5 cm x 34.25 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 narrow, layered and sashiko stitched example shows a base cloth of narrow striped cotton onto which is hand stitched a large patch of warm colored cotton.