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A Group of Nine Pre-War Stencil-Dyed Paper Pouches

Written on May 25, 2009

This is a selection of nine different, hand stenciled paper pouches–by pouch I mean that each is a folded piece of paper which is machine sewn on three sides with the exception of an unsewn length of about 6″/15 cm on one of the short sides.   The group dates to the early Showa Period (1926-1989).


From left to right, the patterns are: chrysanthemum, grape and squirrel, hanabishi (or “diamond flower”) and chrysanthemum, shippo tsunagi or interlocking circles, shippo tsunagi with central flower pattern, shippo tsunagi, butterfly, abstract floral pattern, grape and squirrel.

I’m offering a few of these paper pouches for sale on my website, here.


They’re really beautiful, aren’t they?



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  1. Comment by Lorie:

    I don’t always comment here..(sorry!) but you blog and your store are very inspirational for me. I love all the textiles and information you put out there..thanks! these are beyond beautiful. Lorie

    May 26, 2009 @ 1:34 pm