An entire bolt — a complete loom’s with of fabric from home-grown, Home spun, hand dyed, and hand woven cotton in a peasant village about 300 miles south of Beijing. Intricate repeating plaid stripes — the last 3 feet the colors change — artist needed new dye lot (shown in photo) . I just love the teal highlights that brighten the dark blue/maroon blocks and light up the pink!
Image of thread inconsistency illustrates hand-made attributes.
When I collected this and many more bolts (message me for additional color ways) in the mid1990s, the peasants were favoring polyester, and the cotton was no longer desired. When they’d made this, though, during the communist era, they assured me that they kept the best cotton for themselves. This fabric is soft, and makes beautiful table linens — napkins, runners, and placemats. The Villagers sewed the strips together to make bedsheets. I saw the looms where these long fabrics were made, in dark little concrete rooms off the Family courtyards.
At one point I had more than 50 of these bolts — no two were alike. This kind of delicate hand-spun work is rare, if not extinct, in the world today.