A Komebukuro: Pieced Cotton and Sashiko
ca. early to mid twentieth century
8" x 9" x 9", 20 cm x 23 cm x 23 cm
This lovely and elegant drawstring bag is hand sewn from about 25 pieces of hand loomed Japanese cottons. 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 marvelous bag, it is one that shows a really lovely and good range of hand loomed cottons--not to mention the sashiko stitched katakana characters that spell out the owner's name.