A Patchwork Zokin: Different Cottons
mid twentieth century
11" x 14", 28 cm x 35.5 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 beautifully sashiko stitched zokin, a few layers thick which is stitched together from at least three different cottons. The sashiko thread used to stitch this piece has a very faint, lavender colored cast.