A Very Pieced-Together Komebukuro: Bold Patterns
ca. early to mid twentieth century
10 1/2" x 12" x 12", 26.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm
This kind of piece-constructed, drawstring bag is often referred to as a komebukuro. 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.
This one is really vibrant with color and really lovely for its piece construction: it is hand stitched from about 30 separate pieces of cotton, most of them hand loomed, some of the pieces being quite small, so the finished effect is that of a free form mosaic.
Please do take the time to look at each of the detail photos which accompany this posting; the variety of cottons, their placement and their stitching is rich.
A really lovely komebukuro of good size.