A Large Katazome Dyed Zokin: Traditional Cleaning Cloth
ca. mid twentieth century
12 1/4" x 13 1/4", 31 cm x 33.5 cm
Zokin are traditional Japanese dustrags which are almost always made from layered and sashiko stitched scraps of cloth.
This is a very handsome zokin which is sewn from recycled katazome dyed cotton cloth in the pattern of chrysanthemums. The zokin is made of four layers of katazome cotton, presumably one piece, which means that a very good amount of katazome dyed cotton was used to make this cleaning rag. The katazome cloth was probably made in the early twentieth century.Graphic and appealing, with a good length of katazome dyed cotton cloth.