A Katazome Dyed Zokin #2: Figured Cloth with Faux Kasuri
mid twentieth century
10 1/2" x 13 1/2", 26.5 cm x 34 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 beautiful katazome cotton and a figured cloth that is meant to be a kind of faux kasuri or fake ikat.
Really charming and lovely.