Vintage Japanese Zokin, Traditional 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 three layers of cloth. One side is an indigo dyed cotton, the other a faded, worn, and patched brown striped silk.
11 x 11.5in; 28 x 29cm
Early to mid 1900s