A Boro Sakabukuro: Contrasting Tones, Wonderful Mending

$275.00 USD

early twentieth century
29" x 10 1/4", 73.5 cm x 26 cm

Sakabukuro, or sake straining bags, are usually made of cotton which has been 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 mending. and we see the wonderfully odd stitches applied for this purpose.  

This wonderful hand stitched bag is made of a canvas-weight cotton whose brown color is the result of the application of green persimmon tannin or kaki shibu as it is called in Japan.

The sensational mending patches whose color tones are in contrast to the base cloth and the small eddies of stitching on the front and the back of this bag are wonderfully artful and make this sakabukuro desirable and collectible.

This is a wonderful example of a old mended sakabukuro. Please note the top of the bag is unfinished.


A Boro Sakabukuro: Contrasting Tones, Wonderful Mending