A Colorful Komebukuro: Commercial Cottons

$55.00 USD

ca. mid to late twentieth century
10" x 8" x 8", 25.5 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm

This lovely drawstring bag is hand sewn from six pieces of commercially produced Japanese cottons, many of which are printed with flower motifs.

The bag is of a nice size and the cotton is in good condition  The cotton drawstring seems original to the bag.

This kind of piece-constructed, drawstring bag is often referred to as a komebukuroKomebukuro 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.  

This particular bag may or may not be this kind of bag--it may have been intended to be used as an "everyday" or utilitarian bag--but its appeal is instant and it is a really lovely thing.

A marvelous bag, and object that recalls the spirit of old Japan.
A Colorful Komebukuro: Commercial Cottons