Indigo Dyed Bag with Sashiko, Early 20th Century

This indigo dyed bag was made in early 20th century Japan and was more than likley used to hold coins. The bag has been reinforced with decorative sashiko stitches on a background of hand spun cotton. The sashiko design and characters on the bag relate to the business that used this bag. The bag is also lined with hand spun white cotton fabric. Attached to the side of the bag is a large dramatic hemp rope which would have been used to keep the bag closed. I love the simplicity of this bag and how beautifully the sashiko embellishments contrast with the worn indigo.