Antique and Vintage Bags

Drawstring bags hand stitched from leftover cloth were a staple of Japanese life, whether they were used for storage, for everyday errands, for transport or, in some cases, for offerings of rice to temples at festival times, these ritual offering bags being called komebukuro. Here we offer antique and vintage Japanese bags of all sizes and shapes, from fancy, like komebukuro, to utilitarian.

A Color Block Silk Drawstring Bag: Modernist Appeal

A Color Block Silk Drawstring Bag: Modernist Appeal

early to mid twentieth century8" x 10" x 10", 20 cm x 25.... (more)

A Meiji Era Large, Pieced Silk Drawstring Bag: Botanical Dyes

A Meiji Era Large, Pieced Silk Drawstring Bag: Botanical Dyes

late nineteenth century8" x 13" x 13", 20 cm x 33 cm x 33... (more)

An Early 20th Century Komebukuro: Unusual Kagasuri Pieces

An Early 20th Century Komebukuro: Unusual Kagasuri Pieces

early twentieth centuryas shown: 7" x 7" x 7", 18 cm x 18... (more)

An Indigo Dyed Komebukuro: Wonderful Cotton Fragments

An Indigo Dyed Komebukuro: Wonderful Cotton Fragments

late nineteenth, early twentieth century6" x 7" x 7", 15.... (more)

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