Drawstring bag
Cotton, wool
Various techniques

In western cultures, patchwork often implies making do. In Japan, a patchwork bag implies that the wearer’s family had the wherewithal to purchase the many bolts of cloth from which the bag is made.

The rows of circles in the patch to the right of center in the top photo appear to be stenciled, but on closer inspection they are weft kasuri. The top and bottom of some of the circles is only one thread wide.

The chain stitch embroidery hints at the wearer’s name, but the work is unclear. The final cross stroke doesn’t start high enough to be katakana TA, タ, and doesn’t end low enough to be the character HISA, 久.

The sole wool patch is placed at the base of the bag. At the top, the drawstring is hemp; half of the loops are older hemp cord, the other half are newer cotton cord.

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