A Cotton Komebukuro or Rice Bag: Chain Stitch Sashiko

$85.00 USD
mid twentieth century
10" x 8" x 8", 25.4 cm x 20.25 cm x 20.25 cm

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.

This one is hand stitched of about 11 pieces of striped and kasuri cottons--the pieced design is charming and rustic. The bag closes with a white cotton drawsting which could or could not be original to the bag. It is looped through hand made tabs.

There is a name embroidered in white cotton chain stitch on the bag; the name is written in the katakana syllabery.

Please do take the time to look at each of the detail photos which accompany this posting in order to enjoy the lovely kasuri cloth used to make this rice bag which was seemingly never used.

A really lovely komebukuro of good size.

A Cotton Komebukuro or Rice Bag: Chain Stitch Sashiko