A Tattered Zokin: Katazome Dyed Cotton
ca. mid twentieth century
9 1/2" x 10", 24 cm x 25.5 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 katazome dyed cottons showing tsuru kame or cranes and tortoises against karakusa or arabesque.