A Good Quality Komebukuro: Old Rustic Shibori Pieces
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
as shown: 7" x 11" x 11", 17.75 cm x 28 cm x 28 cm
This lovely, rustic, good-sized drawstring bag is hand sewn from about 25 pieces of beautiful hand loomed, old Japanese cottons, including four marvelous pieces of rustic Japanese shibori cotton which represent three types. The cotton drawstring seems original to the bag.
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.
A few snags and holes to the cotton surface, this is a very, very good example of an old, rustic piece constructed bag.