One Panel of Indigo Dyed Zanshi-ori: Leftover Threads and Some Kasuri
ca. mid twentieth century
74" x 13", 188 cm x 33 cm
is a really wonderful length of indigo dyed cotton zanshi cloth;
zanshi-ori is cloth woven from leftover yarns, many of which are
kasuri or ikat yarns, which is the case in this piece.
is marvelous about this length of hand woven cotton is that amid the
flurry and noise of the random specks of white and blue kasuri
weft yarns that have been fed into this cloth in no apparent order,
there is a passage of pictorial simplicity where the weft yarns have
come together to form a design.
The design which has emerged on the cloth is a kind of elongated lozenge shape.
The hand of the cloth is thick and rich. The color
variation from top to bottom is splendidly diverse, and the color veers
into browns and warm tones as well as, of course, blues.
there is a fair amount of surface abrasion and loss down the length of
this cloth: it is really kind of mysterious how this loss happened or
what was its cause: the abrasion, although very real, seems to be
This is a strange and delightful length of zanshi
cloth, just fantastic for its little moment of picture kasuri.