A Boro Zokin: Two Distinct Sides
mid twentieth century
13" x 16", 33 cm x 40.5 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 sashiko stitched zokin, a few layers thick which is stitched of a patched brown colored cotton on one side, the other side showing indigo dyed cotton.
A beautiful, rustic thing.