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Item Hemp Tsunobukuro Bag

Tsunobukuro bags were most often used and associated with rural Japan as a farmer’s hard-wearing carryall, mainly to tote and store rice or other grains, as is the case with this bag.

These bags were used until their useful life expired, often patched and mended along the way.

The owner's name is hand written on the bag.
Early 1900s
Fabric Very heavy and thick Hemp
Hand woven, hand sewn
16 X 57 inches (measured from longest and widest points)
40 X 145 cm
Heavy Weight, Thick Fabric
14.5 oz, 414 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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