Kuukou Folding Wristlet Clutch 4388C

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Our best selling clutch, hand made from vintage kimono: use as a stylish travel accessory, as it can accommodate a few passports, or a functional 'throw in and go' folding clutch to hold a few essentials on a night out. 

This kimono features a collection of flowers, ‘botan’’, ‘kikyo’, and ‘kiku’ flowers with ‘Ume ’  blossom and ‘Momiji’ and ‘Matsu’. 

Botan, the peony is called 'king of flowers' in Japan.  Japanese meaning of Kikyo is Pentagram, as the Bellflower has five petals. It is an important symbol in Taoism as each petal represents an element: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. It is a common ‘mon’ family crest.  Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports). 

Ume, the Plum Blossom is a very popular symbol on fabrics. It is a favourite within the range of Japanese designs: it’s beauty and fragrance has been reflected in many poems. It is the first of the year to bloom, and therefore represents endurance.

Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring.

The fabric is a silk, with a pattern of Nami, waves, woven into the fabric giving it a textured finish.  The design is further enhanced by gold printed areas.  Matsu, the Pine Tree, It is a hardy plant that symbolises strength and long life. Samurai often planted these trees: it was believed that the long needle-like leaves, Matsuba, protected them from demons.

The fabric is a silk, with a mottled pattern, woven into the fabric giving it a textured finish.  The design is further enhanced by gold printed areas.

This vintage kimono was sourced from the Osaka area of Japan.  It is approximately 20-30 years old.

Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.

Dimensions: 24cm x 13cm


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