Vintage Japanese Komebukuro—Patchwork Bag
A charming and playful patchwork rice bag, or komebukuro. These bags were originally created to bring rice offerings to temple or to hold small meaningful gifts.
This particular komebukuro is created from many pieces of handloomed indigo cotton. Included are several pieces of kasuri, stripe, and checked cottons, and the bag is entirely hand stitched. It is lined with white cotton.
Of interest is the bottom of the bag onto which a patchwork asanoha, or hemp leaf design has been incorporated. In Japanese textiles, asanoha can be combined with other seasonal motifs such as ume and kikko, or feature as the primary element of the design, as in this case. In ancient Japan, hemp (along with ramie, linden, elm, wisteria and mulberry) was used for making clothing, fibers and paper.
This bag is in excellent condition without stains or holes.
Dimensions: 8 x 9.5in; 20 x 24cm