A Densely Stitched Zokin: Abraded Cotton
mid twentieth century
12 1/2" x 12 1/4", 31.75 cm x 31 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 good-sized zokin is weveral layers thick, is quite heavy and is stitched all over with tightly intersecting white stitches, the white stitching making a lovely contrast to the dark blue color of the abraded cotton ground fabrics.
A beautiful zokin.