The origin of bento can be traced back to the late Kamakura period (1185 to 1333), when cooked and dried rice called hoshi-ii (糒 or 干し飯, literally “dried meal”) was developed, to be carried to work. Hoshi-ii can be eaten as is or boiled with water to make cooked rice, and is stored in a small bag.
Fancy Bento Bags
John’s Mother’s attractive but useful Bento “Fancy” Bags are a step up from most similar origami creations. She uses heavy decorator fabrics of all fibers and textures and she puts the colors and patterns together in amazing ways! Each sturdy bag has an interior pocket for cell phone, keys, etc. (or for a banana, as she likes to say); and each bag has a unique embellishment center front. No two bags are the same, and the extra touches and elegant designer fabrics are what set them apart.
Bag measurements are approximately 18″ across and 14″ deep, with a drop from the shoulder of approximately 24″. Decorative but roomy, they are the perfect choice for books, groceries, extra shoes, a swimsuit and towel, or anything else you may want to carry. And never fear: John’s Mother is a perfectionist and the bag you purchase will be as perfect as she was able to make it! Happy carrying!
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