A Brightly Colored Plaid Zokin: Vermilion and Purple
mid twentieth century
9 1/2" x 13", 24 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 example shows a commercially produced cotton base cloth that is a lovely plaid which is composed of saturated vermilion and lavender tones overlaid with nice, rustic sashiko stitching.