Vintage orange saga-nishiki silk purse w/ woven sayagata
A beautiful, immaculate vintage purse made of saga-nishiki silk. It has a woven sayagata pattern that is very textural. Even the handle sports a bit of the same gorgeous fabric. It is a shaded purse, going from an orange red through to a white, with the sayagata in gold. All metal work is in excellent condition and the interior is super clean.
This purse measures 15 cm long and 18 cm wide.
• Saga Nishiki (佐賀錦 Saga-nishiki) is a form of brocading from Saga prefecture, Japan. It is a unique form of brocading in that Japanese paper is used as the warp. This paper is coated in either gold, silver or lacquer. The weft is a silk thread which is dyed. As the technique is time-consuming, only several inches are produced each day.
Saga Nishiki is a hand-loomed traditional fabric which is elaborately woven from shredded Japanese paper coated with gold, silver and lacquer as warp and dyed silk thread as weft.
As sophisticated techniques and much time are required, only a little amount can be produced each day. For this reason, these fabrics are mostly manufactured into practical small items like bags. It is hard to find large items such as Kimono belts.
• Sayagata: the swastika is often found as part of a repeating pattern. One common pattern, called sayagata in Japanese, is made of of interlocking manji/swastikas, left- and right-facing swastikas joined by lines. As the negative space between the lines has a distinctive shape, the sayagata pattern is sometimes called the “key fret” motif in English.