An Irregularly Shaped Zokin: Dustcloth
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 wonderfully sashiko stitched zokin which is repurposed from what appears to be Western tailored clothing. One side is black cotton, the other side is indigo dyed cotton. And the stitching is wonderful.
A strange little beauty.