An Fullly Intact Futon Cover: Zanshi Ori and Stripes
early twentieth century
68" x 38", 173 cm x 96.5 cm
This is an intact futon cover, which is basically a large-sized, empty pillow casing.
It is hand stitched from four different types of hand loomed cottons: three stripes and the central panel being zanshi ori or cloth which is woven from leftover yarns, a favorite cloth here at Sri.
This traditional, Japanese-style duvet would have been stuffed with cotton wadding or another type of insulating material, and if you look at the accompanying photographs you can see there is one large, unopened seam which would have allowed the cotton batting to have been stuffed.
The color palette is a beautiful mixture of earth tones, ochres indigo. And being that this is a fully intact futon cover, there is a generous amount of hand woven cotton to be had.
A very good-looking country cloth.