A Sashiko Stitched Cotton Komebukuro: Drawstring Bag

$65.00 USD

mid twentieth century
9" x 8" x 8", 23 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm

This beautifully pieced drawstring bag is machine sewn from about 10 pieces of Japanese cotton fragments. This kind of piece-constructed, drawstring bag is often referred to as a 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 nice detail on this bag is its fairly elaborate sashiko stitched kanji or Chinese characters. It seems to indicate two names: that of a place (Todokori) and of a person (can be read as Ichimura Haruemon). 

The bag is in very good condition, all its drawstring loops are intact and the cording seems to be original to the bag.


A Sashiko Stitched Cotton Komebukuro: Drawstring Bag