A Jishiro Katazome Zokin: Hemp Stitching

$45.00 USD

early twentieth century
6 1/2" x 11 1/2", 16.5 cm x 29 cm

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 re-purposing or recycling of cloth is concerned.

This zokin is desirable for its old cloth and its hemp stitching. It a few layers thick and is made of beautiful, old katazome dyed, indigo cotton cloth. The blue-on-white katazome pattern is referred to as jishiro which is a more difficult effect to achieve than white-on-blue katazome patterns.

It is sashiko stitched using hemp thread and this feature adds to the overall beauty and high quality of this small-sized dust rag.

A wonderful zokin with a very good old cotton cloth and even better stitching.