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A Wall of Boro Sakabukuro or Mended Sake Straining Bags

Written on November 7, 2008

This is a huge pieced area of sakabukuro, twelve flayed bags have been sewn together to create a large, single textile measuring 84″ x 67″/ 213.5 cm x 170 cm.  Sakabukuro are bags made of cotton which are saturated in green persimmon tannin or kaki shibu. In the process of making sake, these bags would be filled with sake lees or crude sake; these filled bags would then be subjected to pressure and filtered sake would be forced out.  Sakabukuro are collectible items both in Japan and in the West.

The pressure from repeated use would tear the bags and would necessitate patching and mending.  I’m not sure why so many bags were joined together to create such a large textile, but clearly it was useful somehow: perphaps a floor covering?

Mendings on sakabukuro are fantastic, some of the most interesting in the field of boro textiles.


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  1. Comment by susy:

    wow. This is gorgeous…I love how the patching is so non-artistic, but when combined in a larger piece…it starts to tell a story. It’s very poetic.

    November 16, 2008 @ 12:20 pm