A Boro Zokin: Two Plaids
mid twentieth century
13" x 12 1/2", 33 cm x 31.75 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 shows a strangely shaped dustrag that is made of layers of discarded cloth and is sashiko stitched in a very unusual manner. A little collage in cloth, note the small stain on the reverse of the dustrag.