A Large Boro Zokin: Nice Repair
mid twentieth century
16" x 12 3/4", 40.5 cm x 29.75 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 is larger than most and shows beautifully repaired, or boro, hand woven striped cotton, each side subtle and interesting to look at.