A Length of Repaired Zanshi Ori: Leftover Yarns

$75.00 USD

early to mid twentieth century
66" x 14", 168 cm x 25.5 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 weft is fed with these random threads while generally the warp is regulated producing an irregular horizontal 'striping'; if home threads are used, knotted slubs can often be seen.

This length of indigo dyed cotton cloth is stitched from two pieces, a short, top piece and much longer, horizontally striped piece.

It is the short, top piece that is woven from leftover yarns and it is quite obvious by looking at the unstructured, horizontal stripes with tones that stop and go randomly; also you can see the knotted slubs which are so identified with zanshi ori.

The length is handsome in color and tone and it is artfully patched. Its hand woven quality is obvious and adds a good deal of character to this wonderful example of Japanese home weaving.

Just beautiful.

A Length of Repaired Zanshi Ori: Leftover Yarns