An Indigo Dyed Komebukuro: Wonderful Cotton Fragments
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
6" x 7" x 7", 15.25 cm x 18 cm x 18 cm
This lovely, rustic, good-sized drawstring bag is hand sewn from about 17 pieces of beautiful hand loomed, old Japanese cottons, including beautiful examples of kasuri and katazome cloth.
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.
The cotton drawstring seems not to be original to the bag.
Recommended for its fine, indigo dyed cottons.