An Indigo Dyed Cotton Zokin: Quirky Stitching
ca. mid twentieth century
9" x 13 1/2", 23 cm x 34 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 zokin is made from indigo dyed cotton with black and white sashiko stitching in a wonderfully unusual pattern.