A Cotton Drawstring Bag: Shonai Kasuri
ca. early twentieth century
12" x 8" x 8", 30 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm
This is a very handsome, subtle indigo dyed cotton drawstring bag which is lined in cotton. It is fashioned from a sparely figured kind of kasuri or ikat cloth, the wispy warp and weft white lines are characteristic of what is called Shonai kasuri, or ikat woven from the Yamagata Prefecture area in northern Japan.
The reinforced base of the bag is oval. The top, drawstringed aperture opens in clam shell-like fashion. The white, cotton lining is heavily stained, which the indigo dyed cotton exterior is not.
The green cotton braided drawstring is original to the bag; the bag is in very good condition and is ready to be worn or admired.
A simple and lovely bag from old Japan.