A Leathery Sakabukuro: Deep Brown Tones and Bright Mending

$85.00 USD

early twentieth century
31" x 8 3/4", 78.5 cm x 22.25 cm

Sakabukuro, or sake straining bags, are beautiful boro textiles. Made of cotton saturated with green persimmon tannin, or kaki shibu, which gives the distinctive brown color and "leathery" finish, this utilitarian textile was used in sake making.

Crude sake, or sake lees, was placed in this bag and pressure was applied to squeeze out and filter the liquid. Repeated use required repeated mendings and we see the wonderfully odd stitches applied for this purpose.  

This is a nice example of a sakabukuro and it shows spare mending in the form of isolated areas of stitching--very attractive. 

The bag is "leathery" for the distinctive surface quality which has developed a coating and patina due to the many times it was dipped into kaki shibu, a repeated action that coats the woven fibers and strengthens the fabric of the bag.

This is a handsome sakabukuro with simple and utilitarian mending.