A Patched, Boro Zokin: White Sashiko Stitching
mid twentieth century
11 1/2" x 13 1/4", 29 cm x 33.5 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 wonderfully sashiko stitched zokin which is about three layers thick and is stitched together from a dark colored cotton cloth. Note the lovely patch to the front of this zokin.