A Zokin or Traditional Dustrag: Leaf Design
mid twentieth century
10" x 9 3/4", 25.5 cm x 24.75 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 commercially produced cotton base cloth showing a beautifully rendered leaf. The base cloth is overlaid with a good amount of rustic sashiko stitching.