A Wonderful Komebukuro: Many Cotton Pieces
ca. mid twentieth century
11" x 7" x 7", 28 cm x 17.75 cm x 17.75 cm
This lovely drawstring bag is hand sewn from 12 pieces of hand loomed Japanese cottons. The cotton drawstring seems original to the bag.
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.
A marvelous bag, it is one that shows a really lovely and good range of hand loomed cottons--it is an object that beautifully recalls the spirit of old Japan.