A Fantastic Length of Zanshi Ori Cotton: Leftover Cotton Yarns
early twentieth century
62" x 13", 157.5 cm x 13 cm
Zanshi ori is cloth that is woven from threads either leftover from home production of yarn making, or from broken threads that were purchased from local commercial weavers. Usually the warp is regulated and the weft is fed with these random threads, producing an irregular horizontal 'striping'; if home threads are used, knotted slubs can often be seen.
This patched length of leftover-yarn weaving is beautifully colored by the natural, warm indigo that was used to dye the yarns and the irregular patterning of weft fill as it travels up the length is rich. What makes it even more beautiful is the overall patina from wear which the cloth beautifully shows: the surface and the color are softened by time and by decades of wear, and this warmth is an attractive element that could not have been planned by the woman who wove this length.
A stunningly good length of zanshi ori with good age.