Our signature clutch, hand made from vintage 'obi': the sash worn with kimono at formal occasions.
A cheerful pattern of ‘ume’, 'matsu' and ‘take’. 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. Take, bamboo is known for it's strength, and therefore the motif signifies strength of character. Bamboo plants are often found near Shinto shrines, grown as a barrier to evil. Bamboo leaves, are used at festival times to ward off evil spirits. The symbols of longevity and endurance are reinforced by the ‘matsu’, the pine, a hardy plant that symbolises strength and long life.
Woven with orange, warm red, metallic turquoise, silver and gold threads on a black silk background.
This vintage Fukuro Obi was sourced from the Osaka area of Japan. It is approximately 30 to 40 years old, and in excellent condition.
Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.
Dimensions: 30cm x 20.5cm