A Splendid Drawstring Bag: Brilliantly Designed and Piece-Constructed
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
7" x 9" x 9", 18 cm x 23 cm x 23 cm
This decorative, hemp or ramie piece-constructed decorative bag is extraordinary in every way.
Just looking at its complex design is enough: the blue square shapes that float over a white ground that hosts large, pink squares is rather amazing from the conceptual point of view. But then consider that the blue, Omi jofu cloth square shapes are actually stitched and embedded into/under the pink and white ground and that changes the game: an extraordinarily ambitious design has now become more interesting because of its ridiculously challenging execution.
Then turn the bag over. The bottom shows a weird a wonderful surprise, a pieced, over-sized cherry blossom with hand drawn details.
All of this is simply wonderful. And the previous owner of this bag also thought so because it shows wear from use and age: note surface soiling to the bag, a few holes from wear, and also note that the bottom of the bag also shows some surface wear and soiling. A few of the drawstring loops are broken.
Still, this is quite a treasure: it is an extremely fancy bag which shows an amazing amount of design and execution skill.
Simply remarkable and covetable.