Sakabukuro

Prior to Japan's industrialization, cotton bags permeated with persimmon tannin or kaki shibu were used in the production of sake. Crude sake, or sake lees, filled this sakabukuro (sake bag/pocket), and under pressure, filtered sake was forced out.  Used countless times, these handsewn bags required mending, and their eccentric stitches and patching are evidence of its hard life.

Sakabukuro, especially the mended variety, are collectible in Japan and abroad.

A Leathery and Re-Fashioned Sakabukuro: Sake Making Filter

A Leathery and Re-Fashioned Sakabukuro: Sake Making Filter

early twentieth century29 3/4" x 9 1/2", 75.7 cm x 24 cm ... (more)

A Handsome Sakabukuro: Persimmon Tannin Dyed with Leathery Finish

A Handsome Sakabukuro: Persimmon Tannin Dyed with Leathery Finish

early twentieth century30 1/4" x 9", 77 cm x 23 cm Sakabu... (more)

A Heavily Mended Sakabukuro: Completely Hand Stitched

A Heavily Mended Sakabukuro: Completely Hand Stitched

early twentieth century27 1/4" x 9 1/2", 69 cm x 24 cm Sa... (more)

A Leathery Sakabukuro: Deep Brown Tones and Bright Mending

A Leathery Sakabukuro: Deep Brown Tones and Bright Mending

early twentieth century31" x 8 3/4", 78.5 cm x 22.25 cm S... (more)

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