Silk Patchwork Komebukuro, Bag For Temple Offering or Gifts
This is a delicate silk patchwork komebukuro or bag made for bringing offerings of rice to temple or festival. Many different pieces of salvaged or recycled silk chirimen or crepe fabric—over sixty different pieces—have been skillfully hand stitched together with embroidered reinforcements and tassels added. Floral, geometric, and nature themed patterns can be found, many of which have been dyed with a botanical dye. The base of the bag is a single piece of silk brocade.
The bag is lined with a plain un-dyed cotton fabric. The drawstring and loops are intact, the drawstring appears to be original. There are about eight pieces of fabric which have tears or wear.
Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 9.4 inches; 19 x 19 x 24 centimeters
Late 19th to early 20th century