A Beautifully Pieced Kinchaku or Drawstring Bag: Crepe Silk Bottom
early twentieth century
as shown: 5" x 6" x 6"
This charming, drawstring bag is called kinchaku and is pieced together from over 50 postage-stamp sized pieces of recycled silks. The bag is lined with cotton and the silk squares which compose this drawstring bag seem to be backed with paper.
The card-reinforced bottom of the bag is of crepe silk that has been cut and arranged in a lovely, symmetrical pattern using blue, white, red and yellow silk pieces: really lovely.
A lovely accessory from old Japan, this is in good, used condition with just a small amount of loss to a few pieces of silk: the drawstring still pulls tight.