Vintage Japanese Zokin, Dust Cloth
This is a traditional Japanese zokin, or hand stitched dust cloth.
Zokin were created from salvaged fabric—such as a fragment from a worn out kimono, perhaps—which was layered, secured, and reinforced with sashiko stitching. A practical reuse of cloth to aid in cleaning and dusting around the home.
This is a larger example created from four layers of cotton. Two pieces of faded grey cotton on front and back, with what appears to be an indigo dyed and brown kasuri cotton between.
11 x 12.5in; 27 x 32cm
Early to mid 1900s