A Faded Purple Cotton Zokin: Hemp Stitching
ca. early to mid twentieth century
11" x 11 1/2", 28 cm x 29 cm
A zokin is a Japanese dust rag which was traditionally created from scraps of old cloth, as this one is.
The zokin is made from about three layers of cotton, the outer layers showing signs of light fading and some worm holes. What is wonderful about this cloth, though, and which is some kind of proof of its rusticity, is that it is hand stitched using hemp thread. Just marvelous.
A scrappy little treasure, very humble, and very beautiful.