A Small Boro Zokin: Stitched and Patched
mid twentieth century
9" x 11", 23 cm x 28 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 small, scrappy boro zokin is a few layers thick, is quite heavy and is sashiko stitched all-over: the white, hurried stitches over the patched, wide-striped cotton is beautiful.
A wonderful, thick little boro zokin.