A Katazome Zokin or Dustrag: Pauwlonia and Genji-ko
ca. mid twentieth century
12" x 8", 30.5 cm x 20 cm
This zokin, or sashiko stitched dustrag, is sewn from layers of cotton cloth--and is amply clear from the photos--is then densely stictched together.
What makes this zokin so interesting is that it is sewn from an old cotton piece that was taken from a katazome textile, or a textile that was decorated using a stencil resist method: this zokin shows a stylized pauwlonia flower and a partial image of a symbol from the Genji ko incense naming game.
The indigo blue of the cotton is still rich and intense, and the images of the pauwlonia and the Genji ko symbol are wonderful additions.
A lovely thing.