An inrō (印籠) is a traditional Japanese case for holding small objects, suspended from the obi. Because traditional Japanese robes lacked pockets, objects were often carried by hanging them from the obi, or sash, in containers known as sagemono (a Japanese generic term for a hanging object attached to a sash). Most sagemono were created for specialized contents, such as tobacco, pipes, writing brush and ink, but the type known as inrō was suitable for carrying anything small. Netsuke (根付) were miniature sculptures that fasten the cord to the top of the sash. Netsuke and inrō evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. Such objects have a long history reflecting the important aspects of Japanese folklore and life. Netsuke production was most popular during the Edo period in Japan, around 1615–1868. See "Netsuke". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2015-10-26.