Some finds are particularly exciting and this is one of them! Kimono Boy offers a wide spectrum of vintage Japanese folk textiles and even if you’re not in the market (items aren’t cheap) exploring the site is an education, and a visual feast.

Above is  an image of a mid twentieth century “Zokin” pictured in their gallery of recently sold textiles. The site’s item description underscores the wastefulness of today’s throw-away consumer culture:

Zokins have been used for centuries in Japanese homes, temples, and schools to hand clean wooden floors and tatami mats. Zokins were made from layered pieces of old fabric held together with sashiko stitching. They were boro patched regularly as holes appeared, reused again and again.