A Rustic Pieced Komebukuro: Hand Written Tag
ca. early to mid twentieth century
8 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 8 1/2", 21.5 cm x 21.5 cm x 21.5 cm
This lovely drawstring bag is hand sewn from 212 pieces of hand
loomed Japanese cottons. The cotton drawstring seems original to
the bag; there is a trace of machine stitching on one of the bag's pieces of recycled cotton.
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 and patina from wear--it is an object that beautifully recalls the spirit of old Japan.