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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.

The kanji writing on this bag refers to its use for the military.
Age
Mid 1930s
Fabric Very heavy and thick Hemp and cotton mix
Hand woven, hand sewn
Size
14 X 38 inches (measured from longest and widest points)
35 X 97 cm
Heavy Weight, Thick Fabric
1.1 lbs, 512 g
Condition
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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