A Thickly Layered Zokin: Sashiko Stitched
mid twentieth century
12" x 8", 30.25 cm x 20.25 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 commercially produced, grey colored, cotton base cloth, each side of which is mended. Very nice sashiko stitching overall.