A Tsutsugaki Zokin #1: Sashiko Stitching
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
8" x 12", 20 cm x 37.5 cm
This is a very fancy zokin or dust rag as it is made with recycled tsutsugaki cloth, which is a freehand paste resist indigo dyed cotton. The tsutsugaki cloth most likely dates from the late nineteenth century, while the elaborate sashiko stitching was probably done a few decades later.
On the front of this zokin is shown a languid stream, bamboo fencing, river plants and flying plovers. The other side shows stylized pines set in a landscape situation. Just lovely.
A wonderful and sumptuous dust rag, and one to be valued for its tsutsugaki cloth and its very fine sashiko stitching.