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.
A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including ‘ayame’,’ran’, 'sakura' blossom, ‘fuji’, 'botan' and ‘kiku’ flowers, and Sensu.
Ayame, iris, is widely admired in Japan. It is a sign of strength and the sword shaped leaves are symbols of warriors in the past. Botan, the peony is called 'king of flowers' in Japan.
Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports). ‘Ran’ are orchids, which symbolise union and wealth and/or prosperity. Sakura, The Cherry Blossom is one of the first of the year to bloom, and blooms for a relatively long time. It holds a special place in hearts of the Japanese: signifying new beginnings.
Fuji, wisteria, signifies love, support, sensitivity and tenderness.
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.
Sensu are the fans used in traditional dance performances, and are a symbol of prosperity as they grow in size when opened up.
The pattern of square ‘dots’ represents shibori, the Japanese miniature tie-dye technique.
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: 28cm wide x 20cm high closed, 35cm high when open.