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A Rustic Twined Bag: Cotton Covered Bast Fiber

Written on 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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  1. Comment by Donna Crispin:

    I love these twined bags. I saw one at an art museum in Tokyo, and took a photo of it. Then I decided to try and figure out the weave. It was a challenge, but I was able to make a mini-version. May I send you photos of both?

    July 1, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

  2. Comment by Stephen:

    Please do!

    July 3, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

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