A Large Pieced Zokin: Orange and Plaid Cottons
ca. mid twentieth century
16" x 12 1/2", 40.5 cm x 31.5 cm
A zokin is a traditional Japanese dust rag which is usually made from several layers of cotton that have been sashiko stitched together. Zokin, along with diapers, can be considered the last stop in the textile repurposing journey.
This one is large and is about four layers thick--and is composed of wonderful scraps of cotton cloth and lots of stitching, the most interesting piece of cloth being the fragment of commercially produced cotton that seems to be imprinted with a baseball motif.
A rich and lovely old cloth, very traditional, and one that will very
much bring life into any room or to any collection of old cloth