A Wonderful Old Zokin: Big X
mid twentieth century
12 1/2" x 14", 31.75 cm x 35.5 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 sashiko stitched example shows a base cloth of blue-black colored cotton onto which is hand stitched a large "X" amid rows of horizontal stitching.