A Beautifully Mended Sakabukuro: Boro Sake Filter
early to mid twentieth century
31" x 10 1/2", 78.75 cm x 26.5 cm
Sakabukuro, or sake straining bags, are beautiful boro textiles. Made of cotton saturated with green persimmon tannin, or kaki shibu, which gives the distinctive brown color, this utilitarian textile was used in sake making.
Crude sake, or sake lees, was placed in this bag and pressure was applied to squeeze out and filter the liquid. Repeated use required repeated mendings and we see the wonderfully odd stitches applied for this purpose.
This is a exceptionally good example of a sakabukuro and it shows plenty of rough patches to the bag that sit along with very attractive mending stitches on both front and back.
A very, very good sakabukuro, and one of a high quality that is becoming more and more difficult to find.