A Mended Sake Filter or Sakabukuro
mid twentieth century
31" x 9", 78 cm x 23 cm
Sakabukuro, or sake straining bags, are usually made of cotton which has been saturated with green persimmon tannin, or kaki shibu, which yields a 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 mending. and we see the wonderfully odd stitches applied for this purpose.
This bag is made of pliable, lightweight cotton whose brown color is from the application of kaki shibu. The mending stitches are artful and are plenty, which is a desirable attribute in such sake filters. Two small tears to the bag.