A Pieced Pictorial Drawstring Bag: Hemp and Silk

$65.00 USD

early twentieth century
7" x 8 1/2" x 8 1/2", 18 cm x 21.5 cm x 21.5 cm

This hemp or ramie piece-constructed decorative bag is in worn and its fine decoration and very good design make it wonderful to look at.

The base of the bag is a hemp or ramie kasuri cloth; the applied decoration that encircles the bag in a repeated, ingenious pattern of hexagons, folding fans and arrow feathers is of chirimen or crepe silk in colors of very pale yellow, deep red, pale pink , teal and a deep, rich blue.  

You will notice a tear to the bag which is shown in detail on one of the photos accompanying this post.

The bottom shows a wonderful surprise: a piece-constructed image of what the Japanese called a hanabishi or diamond flower. This pieced image shows a fair amount of wear which tells us this bag was well-used.

This is a fancy bag which shows a good amount of design and execution skill.

Its drawstring and their loops are intact and seem original to the bag and the bag is  in used, slightly damaged condition cotton.