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Item Hemp Tsunobukuro Bag

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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 many times patched and mended along the way.

Repaired as seen in photos.
Age
Early 1900s
Fabric Very heavy and thick Hemp
Hand woven, hand sewn
Size
14 X 53 inches (measured from longest and widest points)
35 X 135 cm
Heavy Weight, Thick Fabric
12.0 oz, 335 g
Condition
Good Overall Condition
Very strong fabric
See photos for condition.
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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