A Very Handsome and Complex Length of Zanshi ori: 1 1/2 Loom Widths
early twentieth century
67" x 20", 170 cm x 51 cm
Zanshi ori is cloth which 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 a handsomely colored length of zanshi ori, the colors being a muted, dull brown, white and indigo blue. The warp is regulated by vertically oriented stripes while the weft, which is where the leftover yarns can be seen, is variegated and irregular in its design.
This cloth is 1 1/2 loom widths wide and shows six beautiful cotton mending patches which are hand stitched to the base.
A very elegant length of hand woven cotton cloth.