A Beautiful Zanshi ori Length: Leftover Warp Yarns
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
58" x 14", 147.25 cm x 35.5 cm
This is a very handsome length of indigo dyed zanshi ori, or cotton cloth that has been hand woven from leftover yarns.
What is unusual, and wonderful, about this length is that the warp based stripes which dominate the design are leftover yarns: you can easily see that these stripes change pattern about 1/4 of the way up the length, this being the result of the warp yarns being left-over. The result is a kind of happenstance kasuri effect. Really beautiful, and very rustic.
The weft directional yarns, too, are leftover, and you can see this easily in the variegated tonal play up the length of the hand loomed cloth.
There are four patches which are hand stitched to the surface of the beautiful panel, and just a few snags to the cloth's surface.
A fantastically subtle and beautiful length of zanshi ori.