A Thickly Layered Kasuri Zokin: Padded
ca. early to mid twentieth century
11" x 11 1/2", 28 cm x 29 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 particular zokin is hand stitched from old kasuri cloth; it is a bit unusual because it is so layered that it almost feels like a small cushion.A fabulous little utilitarian textile.