A Length of Zanshi Ori: Leftover Yarn Weaving

$80.00 USD

mid twentieth century
64" x 13", 162.5 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 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 beautifully colored length of zanshi ori cotton is hand stitched from two pieces. It shows a gentle curve or arc when laid flat; it is not a perfectly squared vertical column.

It also shows three mending patches which are hand applied to the surface. But most intriguing are the three bands of white weft-based blips which appear on one of the two pieces: these are kasuri yarns that were randomly fed against the warp so they do not configure themselves into any prescribed pattern. Just lovely.

A very good length of zanshi ori cotton with good color.