A Richly Toned Indigo Dyed Length of Zanshi-ori: Leftover Yarns
ca. early twentieth century
72" x 12 3/4", 183 cm x 32.5 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 is particularly beautiful length of indigo dyed cotton zanshi ori: it is beautiful for its rich color, for its "classic" zanshi design (fixed warp, weft of randomly fed yarns) and for its nice slubbing due to the leftover yarns being hand knotted together to create one, continuous thread.
There are two, lentil-sized holes to this piece, shown in accompanying photos, and the piece is in good, worn condition.
A particularly good piece of zanshi ori.