A Beautiful Cotton Komebukuro: Tenugui Lining

$80.00 USD

early to mid twentieth century
7 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", 19 cm x 19 cm x 19 cm

This lovely, rustic, drawstring bag is hand sewn from about 15 pieces of beautiful hand loomed, old Japanese cottons, including examples of kasuri and striped cloth. 

This kind of piece-constructed, drawstring bag is often referred to as a komebukuro.  

 are bags that were used to bring token offerings of uncooked rice or beans to a temple or shrine festival, the piecing and patching often being thought-out and planned, for festive effect.   

This bag shows a nice range of hand loomed cottons and contains something of a surprise: the bag is lined with a recycled tenugui, a kind of printed cotton hand towel which is still used all over Japan.

The cotton drawstring is threaded through tabbed loops.

A Beautiful Cotton Komebukuro: Tenugui Lining