A Sashiko Stitched Zokin: Small Plaid, Narrow Stripes
ca. mid twentieth century
13 3/4" x 12 1/4", 35 cm x 31 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 zokin is stitched from two cottons, a narrow striped one in tones of red, and a small checked one which is blue-black and ochre.