A Pieced Sashiko Stitched Zokin: Traditional Dustrag

$21.00 USD

mid twentieth century
12 3/4" x 11", 32.5 cm x 28 cm

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 sashiko stitched cotton zokin is about three layers thick and its grid-like stitching is a lovely and important detail to this small dust rag. The cloth making up this zokin is interesting: it is a mock kasuri or faux ikat, it is imprinted or resisted in such a way to mimic the look of ikat.

A beautiful zokin.