A Tsutsugaki Zokin: Hand Resisted Noshi
ca. mid twentieth century
9 1/2" x 13 1/4", 24 cm x 33.5 cm
Zokin are traditional Japanese dustrags which are almost always made from layered and sashiko stitched scraps of cloth.
This is a very handsome zokin which is sewn from recycled tsutsugaki dyed cotton cloth, probably about two layers in all. The tsutsugaki cloth, probably made in the late 19th century, shows a fragment of a traditional, celebratory motif, the auspicious dried abalone called noshi.
Graphic and appealing, with a good fragment of old tsutsugaki cloth.