An Oversized Hemp Drawstring Bag: Meiji Era
ca. late nineteenth century
36" x 24" x 21", 91.5 cm x 61 cm x 53.5 cm
It is impossible to judge the size of this bag from the accompanying photos, however it is a mammoth.
It is extremely oversized and it is hand stitched from heavily woven hemp cloth; its very elaborate and beautifully detailed drawstring and loops are fully intact and original to the bag.
This is a marvelous thing: it could easily hold a duvet AND pillows, it is that large. But aside from the size of the bag, there is a beautiful simplicity in its undyed hemp, the wonderful hand applied calligraphy to front and back, and its very good condition, which is almost pristine were it not for a few, small, lentil-sized holes which are shown in the accompanying detail photographs.