A Piece Constructed Cotton Bag: Drawstring
mid twentieth century
8" x 7" x 7", 20 cm x 18 cm x 18 cm
This lovely, colorful drawstring bag is hand sewn from about 25 pieces of beautiful Japanese cottons, most of them commercially produced, although about 1/4 of them are hand woven. The cotton 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.