A Short Zanshi-ori Panel: Leftover Yarns
ca. early to mid twentieth century
36" x 33 1/2", 91.5 cm x 34 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 the case with this short length of hand woven zanshi ori cotton cloth. The warp yarns are fixed and alternate blue and white. The weft yarns show a random, variegated coloring up the length, the colors being deep indigo, red, and white. Looking carefully at the surface of this hand woven cloth, you can see the small knots which were used to join the leftover yarns together to form one, continuous thread.
Some small, difficult-to-see vertical breaks to the fabric on one side near the bottom. This piece is made from two shorter pieces of cloth which have been machine stitched together.