A Pair of Rustic Zokin: Wonderful Texture and Color
mid twentieth century
each, approximately: 10" x 6 1/2", 25.5 cm x 16.5 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 is a lovely pair which shows two types of cloth: a wide striped example on the left, and a old, hand woven, indigo dyed cotton example on the right. Very good sashiko stitching.