"Zanshi Ori" Fabric Panel with Kasuri Stripe

From SRI: "Japan's mended and patched textiles are referred to as boro, or ragged, both in Japan and abroad. Boro textiles are usually sewn from nineteenth and early twentieth century rags and patches of indigo dyed cotton. In most cases, the beautiful arrangement of patches and mending stitches is borne of necessity and happenstance, and was not planned by the maker.

"Zanshi Ori is cloth that 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.

"Kasuri is the Japanese term for what is commonly known as ikat weaving. The kasuri process involves yarns being tied before they are dyed. The areas where yarns are tied are 'masked' and will resist dye. The way in which yarns are tied will determine the look of the finished patterns which will be woven into the cloth."

- Indigo "Zanshi Ori" fabric panel with "kasuri" stripe pattern
- Circa early twentieth century
- Approximate dimensions: 13" x 62"

The photos here show one example. Since each one is hand made and has been used over time, there will be variation from one piece to another.