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 the eccentric stitches and patching on this particular piece are evidence of its hard life.

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

A Wonderfully Patched Sakabukuro: Patches and Stitching

A Wonderfully Patched Sakabukuro: Patches and Stitching

early twentieth century30 3/4" x 10 1/2", 78 cm x 26.5 cm... (more)

An Excellent Boro Sakabukuro: Two Heavily Mended Sides

An Excellent Boro Sakabukuro: Two Heavily Mended Sides

 early to mid twentieth century33" x 10", 84 cm x 25.5 cm... (more)

A Patched and Mended Sakabukuro: Two Very Good Sides

A Patched and Mended Sakabukuro: Two Very Good Sides

early to mid twentieth century31" x 10 1/2", 78.75 cm x 2... (more)

A Richly Patched and Stitched Sakabukuro: Sake Making Filter

A Richly Patched and Stitched Sakabukuro: Sake Making Filter

mid twentieth century24" x 8 1/2", 61 cm x 21.5 cm Sakabu... (more)

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