A Late Nineteenth Century Cotton Komebukuro: Unused and As New

$175.00 USD

late nineteenth century
7 1/2" x 7" x 7", 19 cm x 18 cm x 18 cm

Along with a silk piece constructed bag being offered today this one is also unused and pristine--and it looks exactly as it did when it was made over 100 years ago. Quite remarkable and a rare opportunity to acquire something that was sitting in a time capsule.

This kind of piece-constructed, drawstring bag is often referred to as a 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 constructed on the bias, the bottom of the bag showing the seed of its construction. It is hand stitched of repurposed cottons, some of them vibrant in color, some of them dark and somber. The combination is visually effective.

Note the hand written tag that is attached to the piece, a nice touch that hearkens back to its making.

This beauty is rich in color, tone, texture, age and history. As it is completely unused makes it a small rarity.