$125.00 USD– Sold Out
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 ‘cattleya or ran’, ‘tessen’ and ‘kiku’ flowers, and ‘kujaku’.
Catteya, or Ran, are orchids which represent union. Popular in ancient Japan, the orchid was considered a symbol of wealth by royalty, who kept the flowers in their temples, and commissioned them in their painted scrolls. By the early 17th century, the orchid flower was a symbol of respect and admiration in Japanese culture. Orchids became so revered in Japan that growing orchids was sometimes considered a noble art form.
Tessen, known in the west as Clematis, summer, means “steel wire” in Japanes: it is said to be named after its sturdy vines that resemble wires. It was often featured in haiku (poems)and used in designs during the Edo period (1603-1867).
Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).
Kujaku, the peacock, is seen as an emblem of goodwill, nurturing and kind heartedness. It was believed to have the power to bring rain, and therefore good health.
This kimono is made from a rinzu silk that has mottled pattern woven into the fabric to give it extra texture.
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.