A Rustic Zokin: Irregular Sashiko Stitching

$25.00 USD

mid twentieth century
9 1/2" x 16 1/4", 24 cm x 41 cm

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 of shows a marvelously sashiko stitched zokin which is a few layers thick and which is stitched with thick, cotton thread. The pattern is uneven as it travels from side to side of the zokin which gives a beautifully rustic feel to the piece.

A small delight.

A Rustic Zokin: Irregular Sashiko Stitching