A Wonderful, Old Kombukuro: Fantastic Old Tenugui Lining
late nineteenth century
as shown: 7" x 8" x 8", 18 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm
This lovely, rustic, drawstring bag is hand sewn from about a dozen pieces of beautiful hand loomed, old Japanese cottons, including two love pieces of katazome cloth. 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, and one that has a special, hidden surprise. The bag is lined with pieces of a beautiful, old, cotton tenugui of hand spun cotton which is a beautiful detail to the bag and one which adds intrinsic value.