A Sashiko Stitched Cotton Bag: Crisscross Pattern
ca. mid twentieth century
23 1/2" x 12 1/4", 59 cm x 31 cm
This beautiful and elegantly fashioned bag is made of powerloomed cotton and is dyed an almost-black color. The cotton is densely woven and in very good condition.
The bag is beautifully sashiko stitched on two thirds of the body, front and back, the pattern being a kind of broken crisscross, beautifully done. The stitches are tiny and tight, and they are consistent and regular on the entire surface of the bag. The bag is lined in a brown colored cotton; there is a small loop on the side seam of the bag: it is here that a cord would be tied which can be used to fasten the bag to a belt or garment and also for use as a closure.
A really lovely, simple, decorative piece from old Japan, and a handsome bit of good sashiko stitching.
In very good condition, and recommended.