April 26, 2012
This is a beautifully rustic, hand twined bag–a kind of combination of a back pack/back pad. It is braided from bast fiber rope which is covered in cotton.This beauty is an acquisition from my recent trip to Japan so I am in the process of studying it. Imagine my surprise when I stuck my hand in this pouch and found a smashed box of safety matches, some dried leaves, a few pine needles and a carefully folded, hand made envelope (or sorts) made of newspaper–which is dated 1935. This heavily abraded bag measures 16″ x 15″ or 40 cm x 38 cm. It’s subtle–and beautiful. And even though there was an unexpected cache of contents in the bag, I wish I knew more about the owner what this bag was used for.
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