A Large Zokin: Sankuzushi Cotton
mid twentieth century
14" x 16", 35.5 cm x 40.5 cm
A zokin is a traditional Japanese dust cloth or cleaning rag; it is usually made from old pieces of cloth and it is usually layered and stitched for durability.
Along with diapers, zokin are among the traditional household textiles that represent the end of the line where the repurposing or recycling of cloth is concerned.
This large, boro zokin is a few layers thick, it is beautifully stitched, and it is desirable for its 19th century checked cotton called sankuzushi.
A beautiful zokin.