A Brightly Colored and Patterned Drawstring Bag: Good Size
early to mid twentieth century
10" x 11" x 11", 25.5 cm x 28 cm x 28 cm
This beautifully pieced drawstring bag is hand sewn from about 20 pieces of old Japanese cloth fragments, which are a mixture of lightweight wool (each pieces showing sprays of holes, some areas of loss and some repair which are indicated on the accompanying detail photos), cotton and silk.
This kind of piece-constructed, drawstring bag is often referred to as a komebukuro.
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.