Sakebukuro = the name is so revealing!
Originally, these were bags that were used in the Sake making process in Japan, long before industrialization occurred in the country. They were heavy cotton bags that were treated with the juice of the persimmon (Kaki Shibu) as its tannin acted as a preservative and sterilizing agent for the bags. The dye also strengthened the original cloth, generating a heavy canvas fabric. This gave it the ability to be used over and over again in the process of filtering the Sake. Unfiltered Sake, or crude sake, was poured into the bags and was then forced through the bag in its filtering process. This technique resulted in the cloth acquiring various levels of the dye from the Sake.
Sakebukuro has become a highly desirable and collectible fabric in Japan and around the world. The colors that are produced during the filtering process are varied and beautiful, as well as making the fabric immediately recognizable. This gorgeous tote has been transformed from a variety of the original bags into a useful and handy, one of a kind purse-like container with two differentiated sides. It was created by an extraordinarily talented member of the elite in Japan. Magnetic closure and strong straps create a very useful, antique and one of a kind art piece.