A Free Form Zokin: Sashiko Stitched Dustrag
ca. early twentieth century
15" x 11", 38 cm x 28 cm
This is an interesting, hand woven, layered cotton zokin or dust cloth.
What makes it interesting its unusual shape: often zokin are rectangular in shape and this one is a distorted rectangle. This effect may be due to the fact that this zokin may have been refashioned from a garment, and the pointed area of the zokin may have been an armhole or sleeve.
The dustrag is sashiko stitched all over, is well-worn, faded and abraded, and is a lovely and unusual sashiko stitched boro cloth.