A Really Charming Komebukuro: Colors
ca. mid twentieth century
7" x 8" x 8", 18 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm
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.
This lovely drawstring bag is hand sewn from about 20 pieces of both commercially woven and hand loomed Japanese cottons, the assortment of the cloth fragments is varied and beautiful, as is the combination of colors to be seen--pay special attention to the bottom panel of the bag, which is nicely worked from four pieces and is a beautiful foil to the piecing of the bag itself.
A really gorgeous, mid century komebukuro.