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Hashi is Japanese for ‘bridge’. This design was inspired by the shape of a beautiful red bridge at a temple in Osaka. It features one large pocket accessed by a top zipper, and a zipped pocket on the side. Designed with a base panel, so the pouch will stand up.
A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including 'ume' blossom, 'kiku' and ‘ayame' flowers, and ‘higaki’. Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports). Botan, peonies, are known as the King of Flowers in Japan where they represent longevity and steadfastness. Ayame, the Iris flower is widely admired in Japan: it is a sign of strength and the sword shaped leaves are symbols of warriors in the past.
The higaki pattern comes from a traditional technique of basket Weaving.
The fabric is silk, with 'Sayagata' pattern woven into the fabric giving with a textured finish. Sayagata, the pattern of repeating swastikas, is a Buddhist symbol of strength, good fortune, and the concept of eternity. The geometric balance and repetition of the sayagata pattern signifies the inseparability of the one and the many, continuity and multiplicity. Some elements are highlighted in gold.
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: Width 19cm, Height 14cm, Depth at base 6cm, at top 1cm.