A Sakabukuro of Wonderful Quality: Patches
early to mid twentieth century
33" x 11", 84 cm x 28 cm
Sakabukuro, or sake straining bags, are beautiful boro textiles. Made of cotton saturated with green persimmon tannin, or kaki shibu, which gives the distinctive brown color, this utilitarian textile was used in sake making.
Crude sake, or sake lees, was placed in this bag and pressure was applied to squeeze out and filter the liquid. Repeated use required repeated mendings and we see the wonderfully odd stitches applied for this purpose.
This is a very good example of a sakabukuro and it shows beautifully placed, rough patches to one side of the bag that are attached to the cloth with very attractive mending stitches
A very, very good sakabukuro, and one of a high quality that is becoming more and more difficult to find.