A Patched and Rustic Length of Silk and Cotton Zanshi-ori: Leftover Threads
ca. early twentieth century
62" x 13 1/2", 157.5 cm x 34 cm
Zanshi-ori is the ultimate in domestic frugality: it is cloth that is woven from left over yarns, usually the weft yarns being the remaindered ones.
Such is the case with this piece of beautifully slubby, richly colored and beautifully textured zanshi-ori: the weft yarns are of mullit-colored silk yarns that have been knotted together to create the textured, almost shimmering, surface that is so alluring. Indigo cotton yarns compose the warp.
There are two, indigo dyed cotton patches on the surface of the piece which is otherwise in very good condition and beautiful to behold.
Subtle and beautiful.