A Boro Zokin: Patches and Pieces
mid twentieth century
12" x 13", 30.5 cm x 33 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 boro zokin is a few layers thick, is quite heavy and is stitched with pink sashiko thread, giving a lovely contrast to the kasuri and striped cotton ground fabric.
A beautiful zokin.