Written on September 17, 2013
Those of you who follow my webshop know that I regularly offer for sale zokin. Zokin are traditional Japanese dust rags which are hand stitched from leftover or re-purposed cotton cloth.
I just love zokin. Each time I travel to Japan I buy all those that I can find if I’m lucky to find any at all. I’m voracious in acquiring them not only because I like them so much, but also because they are harder and harder to find, like all Japanese folk textiles.
Most zokin are hand stitched from about four layers of recycled cloth and they are usually stitched in the manner of those shown here, using broad sashiko stitching. Sometimes they show fancier sashiko stitching, but the type on this page are most common.
Many of those who buy these zokin actually use them in the home, either as a place mat or for presentation, placing a zokin under a special ceramic piece or a vase of flowers. Stay tuned to the webshop as I will be listing these zokin from time to time.