A Large and Densely Stitched Zokin: Small Figure Katazome
ca. early to mid twentieth century
9 1/2" x 12 1/2", 24 cm x 31.73 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--as is the small area of wear to the surface of the piece that shows the dark indigo cotton layer beneath.A very handsome and good sized zokin.