A Square of Sashiko Stitched Zanshi: Layers
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
17" x 14", 43 cm x 35.5 cm
Zanshi ori is a wonderful type of old Japanese hand loomed cloth which is woven from leftover yarns; characteristically, zanshi ori shows an irregular weft pattern--as does this cloth offered here--due to the weft being fed with randomly colored and textured yarns.
This small piece shows a good, irregular, weft-based, zanshi striping, and it is also covered entirely in regularly spaced, vertical bands of sashiko stitching, the sashiko thread being thick and indigo dyed.
The piece is made from two layers, the back of the piece showing a hole.
A gorgeous little nugget of hand woven cloth from old Japan.