A Rustic and Beautiful Old Komebukuro: Wonderful Cottons
ca. late nineteenth century
9 1/2" x 9" x 9", 24 cm x 23 cm x 23 cm
This is a very good, old komebukuro which has been hand stitched from absolutely gorgeous and shibui hand loomed cottons.
The drawstring bag is hand sewn from about 13
pieces of hand
loomed Japanese cottons, an assortment of rich stripes and checks in deep tones prevail. The cotton drawstring seems
the bag. And notice the occasional and noticeable diagonal stitches that can be seen on the lower half of 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 bag, it is one that shows a really lovely and good range of hand loomed cottons--it is an object that beautifully recalls the spirit of old Japan.
Really beautiful, and recommended.