A Kasuri Cotton Zokin: Recycled Kimono Pieces
mid twentieth century
12 1/4" x 25 1/2", 31 cm x 62.25 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 zokin, two layers thick, which is stitched together from an indigo dyed kasuri cloth fragment on one side, while its reverse side is a piece taken from a recycled, indigo dyed cotton noragi or kimono.