A Printed Flannel Zokin #1: Dustrag
ca. mid twentieth century
11 1/2" x 14", 29 cm x 35.5 cm
A zokin is a traditional Japanese dust rag which is usually made from several layers of cotton that have been stitched together. Zokin, along with diapers, can be considered the last stop in the textile repurposing journey.
This zokin is particularly interesting because it is stitched
about three or four layers, the material being printed cotton
flannel, flannel being a material came to Japan during the Meiji era
(1868-1912) and which the Japanese call neru. This flannel dates to the middle part of last century.