A Large Sized Kasuri Zokin: Cotton and Stitching
early to mid twentieth century
13" x 19 1/4", 33 cm x 49 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 large, long example shows a wonderfully sashiko stitched zokin, a few layers thick which is stitched together from kasuri dyed cottonn