A Large and Beautiful Komebukuro: Varied Cottons
reduced from $90.00
ca. mid twentieth century
13" x 13" x 13", 33 cm x 33 cm x 33 cm
This lovely and quite large drawstring bag is hand sewn from 15 pieces of hand loomed and power loomed Japanese cottons, an assortment of woven stripes and katazome or stencil resist dyed cloth. 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--it is an object that beautifully recalls the spirit of old Japan.
Beautiful, and of great size.