A Long and Large Zokin: Kasuri
mid twentieth century
13 1/2" x 21", 34 cm x 53.5 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 example shows a sashiko stitched zokin, which is longer than most and is composed of cloth which is a few layers thick. It is stitched together from a very nice, large-scale kasuri cotton that shows some good wear.