A Piece-Constructed Drawstring Bag: Recycled Old Cottons
early to mid twentieth century
11 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", 29 cm x 19 cm x 19 cm
This is a good-sized, hand stitched drawstring bag, sometimes referred to as a komebukuro or "rice bag" since similar types were used to carry offerings of dried rice or beans to temple or shrine festivals.
This particular piece was more likely a bag intended to have been used every day for practical purposes. It is composed of 9 individual pieces of what appear to be hand woven cotton. The drawstring is slipped through a series of long, narrow tabs as can be seen in the accompanying detail photos. Note as well one of the pieces of cotton, the plaid section, shows two beautifully mended holes.
A beautiful thing.