A Narrow and Beautifully Stitched Zokin: Two Thread Colors
mid twentieth century
7 1/4" x 12 1/2", 18.25 cm x 31 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 unusually narrow example shows a beautifully sashiko stitched zokin, the stitching being of two colors on a hand woven dyed cotton, a few layers thick.
Really, really lovely.