A Zokin: Egasuri Cotton
mid twentieth century
10 1/2" x 13", 26.5 cm x 33 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 a sashiko stitched zokin, a few layers thick which is stitched together from a wonderful piece of indigo dyed cotton Kurume gasuri, or ikat from Kurume, that shows a sparrow on one side and bamboo on the other.