A Kasuri Cotton Zokin: Great Stitching
mid twentieth century
12 1/4" x 12 1/4", 31 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 example shows a wonderfully sashiko stitched zokin which is a few layers thick and is stitched together from a brown colored kasuri cotton: note the wonderful grid of white sashiko stitching and the large, central "X" stitched onto one side of the zokin.