A Wonderfully Stitched Zokin: Wool
mid twentieth century
9 1/4" x 12", 23.5 cm x 30.5 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 example shows an eccentrically sashiko stitched zokin whose cloth is a heavy weight, black woven wool, much like something used on a winter coat, which is very possibly the origin of the this cloth.