A Beautifully Stitched Sakabukuro: Green Persimmon Tannin Dyed

$108.00 USD

**reduced from $135.00**
early to mid twentieth century
32" x 10 1/2", 81.5 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 very good example of a sakabukuro and it shows plenty of hand stitched mending to the bag, on both front and back. The sakabukuro is finished with a hand stitched hem at top and as can be seen on the accompanying, last detail photo here, there is a small hole that can be seen in both the front and the back of the back.

A handsome sakabukuro, and one of a high quality that is becoming more and more difficult to find.