A Sakabukuro Fragment: Wonderful Patches
ca. mid twentieth century
22 1/2" x 16", 57 cm x 40.5 cm
This small, kaki shibu or green persimmon-dyed cotton cloth is a fragment of a sakabukuro, which is a canvas-weight bag that was used to filter sake (and soy sauce) in the process of making these staples of the Japanese table.
This particular piece has been cut from a full-sized bag and the cutting has edited the bag to its essential beauty: the way that the bag was cut has showcased the four hand stitched patches in a really beautiful way. The four, frayed edges are really unusual to see, and are also a welcome visual addition to this wonderfully artful fragment.