A Very Small Drawstring Bag: 19th Century Silks
ca. mid to late nineteenth century
4" x 4" x 4", 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm
This is a really adorable and delicate little silk, drawstring bag, clearly used by, or intended for use by, a little girl.
The bag is composed of seven pieces of silk and seems to be dyed in botanical dyes, the predominant orange color certainly is benibana or safflower. Of the seven pieces there is one puckered shibori piece. Note that two of the pieces are stencil resist dyed in a pattern of grey and orange, the orange being a faux shibori. The bottom of the bag is hand stitched from two brocade silks.
The loops which hold the black, cotton drawstring are made from strands of asagi or pale blue colored cotton. The bag is fully lined in white cotton.
Some wear to the bag, but otherwise in fine condition.