A Beautiful Indigo Komebukuro: Handsome Kasuri and Checked Cottons
ca. mid twentieth century
7" x 9" x 9", 18 cm x 23 cm x 23 cm
This lovely drawstring bag is hand sewn from about 16 pieces of hand loomed Japanese cottons, an assortment of sophisticated, small figure indigo dyed kasuri, or ikat textiles and quiet checked cottons predominating. About four or five different patterns of cloth are shown. The cotton drawstring seems original to the bag.
This kind of piece-constructed, drawstring bag is often referred to as a komebukuro.
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.
A marvelous bag, it is one that shows a really lovely and good range of hand loomed cottons--it is an object that beautifully recalls the spirit of old Japan.
Beautiful, and of good size--and desirable for its subtle, hand woven indigo dyed cotton pieces.