A Tattered Kasuri Money Roll: Saifu
ca. early twentieth century
14 1/4" x 6 1/2", 36 cm x 16.5 cm
This pouch-like indigo dyed kasuri cotton bag or saifu, was used to carry money or valuables in old Japan.
The material is indigo dyed kasuri or ikat; the bag is lined and what seems to be the original cotton cording is still in place. The kasuri is a really lovely, small, warp and weft variety: very good looking.
Have a look at the accompanying detail photos to see how this bag was rolled and used by its previous owner.
A lovely old utilitarian textile from old Japan with some noticeable surface abrasion to the bottom of the piece, and a bit of overall wear to the body.