Ookii Kuukou Large Folding Wristlet Clutch 4389D

$135.00 USD

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Our best selling clutch, the kuukou in a larger size: use as a wristlet clutch, add a strap to make it a crossbody sling, or you can also use to hold an iPad.

Recrafted from a Fukuro Obi, the sash worn over the kimono at formal occasions.

A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric: on the front we see Matsu and on the reverse side we see Sensu containing 'ume' and ‘sasa’.   

Matsu, the Pine Tree, is believed to live for 100 years. 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. 

Sensu are the fans used in traditional dance performances, and are a symbol of prosperity as they grow in size when opened up.  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.  Sasa, bamboo, is known for it's flexibility and strength, therefore the motif signifies strength of character.

 This vintage kimono was sourced from the Osaka area of Japan.  It is approximately 50 years old.

Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.

Dimensions: 28cm wide x 20cm high closed, 35cm high when open.

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