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Indigo and White Kinchaku

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A “Kinchaku” is basically a small drawstring bag created originally for carrying money or small objects. When a person wore kimono, they were attached to the obi/sash at the waist. They were often made of leather, but they were also made of an assortment of fabrics in brightly colored patterns. Today, they continue to have a practical use with similar aesthetics.

I hand dyed and created the pattern on the fabric (cotton) for this kinchaku. It was dyed in indigo and the lining was dyed red with a cold water dye. The surface design is shibori (bind and resist).

The bag is basically square and measures 8 x 7 in. and has 2 small side pockets (on a diagonal) on both sides of the purse. Cotton, black drawstrings are embellished with wood beads.

Indigo and White Kinchaku


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cotton, thread, indigo dye, red dye, cotton drawstrings, wood beads
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 44 reviews
  • Favorited by: 11 people