A Two-Sided Zokin or Dustrag: Kasuri and Indigo Dyed Cotton
mid twentieth century
9 1/2" x 11", 24 cm x 28 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 wonderfully sashiko stitched zokin, a few layers thick which is stitched together from indigo dyed kasuri cotton as well as a large piece of old, indigo dyed cotton, the contrast being lovely.