A Stitched Zokin: Concentric Sashiko and Missing Corner
mid twentieth century
13 1/2" x 13 1/2", 34 cm x 34 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 example shows a brown colored, commercially produced cotton of about four layers that is stitched in a concentric, angular spiral of white thread. The proper, left, top corner is missing.