A Zabuton Cover: Repurposed Sakabukuro or Sake Filter #1

$95.00 USD

early to mid twentieth century, making probably contemporary
20 1/2" x 20 1/2", 52 cm x 52 cm

This is a cover for a zabuton which is a traditional, flat and square Japanese sitting cushion which is usually filled with cotton wadding or batting.

This particular zabuton cover was made from an old sakabukuro or sake filter. 

Prior to Japan's industrialization, cotton bags permeated with persimmon tannin or kaki shibu were used in the production of sake. Crude sake, or sake lees, filled the sakabukuro, and under pressure, filtered sake was forced out.  Used countless times, these handsewn bags required mending, and the eccentric stitches and patching on this particular piece are evidence of its hard life.

The maker of this sakabukuro used two separate ones to machine stitch this zabuton cover, one sakabukuro for the front and one for the back. As can be seen there is a zipper set into the side seam.

This is not only a charming re-use of old sakabukuro but it is also practical and durable: the canvas-weight cotton is strong.

A Zabuton Cover: Repurposed Sakabukuro or Sake Filter #1