A Rhombus Patched Zokin: Off Kilter
ca. mid twentieth century
13" x 16", 33 cm x 40.5 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 one is is composed of worn, striped cottons which seem to have been taken from a kimono or a futon
cover. The most interesting feature of this cloth, and an unusual one for any zokin, is the diamond or rhombus shaped piece that is hand stitched to the base cloth.