A Mended Sakabukuro: Spare Stitching
ca. early to mid twentieth century
32" x 11 1/2", 81 cm x 29 cm
Sakabukuro, or sake straining bags, are very collectible boro textiles. Made of cotton saturated with green persimmon tannin, or kaki shibu, which gives the distinctive brown color, 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 wonderful bag shows selectively stitched areas of mending done
in thick, cotton threads, which seem to have been overdyed in kaki shibu; the bag itself shows a mottled effect from this green persimmon tannin dyeing.