A Mid 20th Century Komebukuro: Piece Constructed Cotton Bag
ca. mid twentieth century
as shown: 8" x 7" x 7", 20 cm x 17.5 cm x 17.5 cm
This lovely drawstring bag, which seems to not have been used, is hand stitched from about 11 or 12 pieces of old, hand loomed Japanese cottons of different types, in wonderful color combinations and patterns.
The bag is of a nice size and is in very good condition; the cotton is still relatively crisp. The 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, old bag, and object that recalls the spirit of old Japan.