A Large and Beautifully Stitched Zokin: Faded Complex Katazome
ca. early to mid twentieth century
10" x 12 3/4", 25.5 cm x 32.5 cm
A zokin is a traditional Japanese dust rag which is usually made from several layers of cotton that have been stitched together. Zokin, along with diapers, can be considered the last stop in the textile repurposing journey.
This zokin is particularly interesting because it is stitched from
about four layers, the topmost being a wonderful, intricate and complex katazome pattern in pale blue. The stitching, using thick threads, is fantastic, rustic, and dense. The patterns of light fading add visual interest.