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Item Tsunobukuro Bag, Mixed Hemp and Cotton

Tsunobukuro bags were most often used and associated with rural Japan as a farmer’s hard-wearing carryall, mainly to tote and store grains.

Prior to and during WW2, the Japanese military also found practical use for this long-lasting uniquely sewn bag to store personal gear, food and the like for soldiers in the field.

We recently acquired a set of military tsunobukuro, and this is one of that group.
Mid 1930s
Fabric Very heavy and thick Hemp and cotton mix
Hand woven, hand sewn
13 X 39 inches (measured from longest and widest points)
34 X 100 cm
Heavy Weight, Thick Fabric
1.3 lbs, 567 g
Good Overall Condition
Very strong fabric
See photos for condition.
Some hand done repairs.
Comment The “tsuno-bukuro” derives its name from the horn shape; “tusno" is an animal’s horn and “bukuro” refers to a bag.

The idiosyncratic fashioned and functional tsunobukuro bags were relatively easy and quick to fabricate. The bag was created by diagonally sewing together the selvage of a single, long piece of hand-woven highly durable fabric, usually thick hemp (however this bag is a mix of hemp and cotton).

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