An Interesting Zanshi Length: Stripes and Grid
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
62" x 12 3/4", 157.5 cm x 32.5 cm
This is a curious and beautiful length of hand loomed cotton, the unusually colored warp yarns indicating that they may have been left over yarns or zanshi.
The color of the checked cotton is deep and rich; the warp yarns, as can be seen in the accompanying photos, change color from left to right. The weft yarns, blocks of wide stripes, are intermittently of leftover or zanshi yarns.
The cloth has a spray of some small holes which can be seen if you look at each of the accompanying photos here. But otherwise, this richly colored, beautifully woven cloth is an elegant example of old folk weaving and is quite beautiful.