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.
This pouch is recrafted from a furisode kimono. These are formal kimono worn by unmarried women, and have longer sleeves than other kimono.
The main design motifs on this kimono is, 'Kiku’’ flowers. Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports). It represents rejuvenation and longevity. The crescents shapes, Tsuyushiba, symbolise dew drops on grass. It means freshness and so is most commonly found on summer kimono.
The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk, a damask silk woven with a pattern, to give extra texture to the kimono fabric. The woven pattern features more Kiku, with Tachibana, Momiji, and Kiri.
Tachibana is the symbol of Citrus Fruit, meaning youth and longevity, as the tree is an
evergreen. This is considered to be a refined motif, so is used on more formal kimono like this one.
Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring. Kiri, known as the Paulownia plant, is often also called the Princess Tree. It was traditional to plant a tree when a baby girl was born, and to make a dresser from the tree for her wedding gift. It is also the emblem of the Prime Minister's office and cabinet. Women involved in government will wear this symbol on official duties.
The design is further enhanced by gold printed and embroidered areas.
This vintage kimono was sourced from the Osaka area of Japan. It is approximately 30 years old.
Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.
Dimensions: 28cm wide x 20cm high closed, 35cm high when open.