An Indigo Dyed Cotton Zokin: Lovely Old Cloth
mid twentieth century
10" x 12 1/4", 25.5 cm x 31 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 zokin which is a few layers thick and is stitched together from very good, old, indigo dyed cotton cloth: it seems the cotton may be from the late 19th century or so.