A Beautiful Old Komebukuro: Hand Stitched Drawstring Bag

$95.00 USD

late nineteenth, early twentieth century
5" x 7" x 7", 12.75 cm x 18 cm x 18 cm

This is an exceptionally lovely, rustic, small-sized drawstring bag that is hand sewn from about 18 pieces of beautiful hand loomed, old Japanese cottons. 

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.   

A marvelous bag, it is one that shows a really good range of hand loomed cottons, especially notable for the good age of each of its pieces and its fine, overall coloration. Please note one of the plaid fragments has become a mesh of sorts as a grid of holes has appeared in the cloth, probably due to the type of mordant used to dye the cloth.

The indigo dyed twined drawstring seems to be original to the bag.

Recommended for its fine, antique cottons.

A Beautiful Old Komebukuro: Hand Stitched Drawstring Bag