An Exceptionally Good Zanshi Length: Fabulous Color, Threads and Patching
ca. late nineteenth century
84" x 13 1/4", 213.5 cm x 33.5 cm
This is an exceptionally handsome length of hand woven, indigo dyed zanshi ori, or cloth that is woven from left over yarns.
The color, the pattern, the piecing, the patching and the ito aji or thread taste are all as good as it gets: this length of cloth is imbued with it the spirit of old Japan. You can probably sense the earthiness, the humility and simple beauty which emanate this futon cover panel.
It is composed of five, separate, pieces of cloth which are hand stitched together; there are about 12 patches along the length.
As well, throughout the entire length there is a fine spray of small holes, like buckshot, which are somehow difficult to see and do not detract from the overall beauty of the piece.
Marvelously colored, marvelously piece-constructed, with great age, this is a really fine example of old Japanese country weaving.