In Japan, this was a traditional bag to hold uncooked rice as offerings to the temple. Different patches of cloth were put together in a seemingly careless manner, as it all depends on what leftover-cloth materials were available in one's home. In fact, this kind of traditional hand-stitching practice requires much thinking and techniques from the maker, who is usually a woman in the family.
There are many indigo dyeing methods in Japan. Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. After weaving, the resulting pattern on the fabric has an apparent "blurriness".
A few Ikat cloth patches together with other cloth patches formed this unique bag. For nowadays, you may use it for holding books, lunchbox or gifts.
. height 29.5cm x width 31.5cm (lay flat)
. bag were made before 1950s