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’ and 'sakura' blossom, ‘fuji’, ‘tsubaki’, 'botan', ‘kikyo’ and ‘kiku’ flowers, and ‘momiji’ leaves.
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.
Sakura, cherry blossom, signifies new beginnings. Fuji, wisteria, signifies love, support, sensitivity and tenderness. ‘Tsubaki’ is the camellia flower. 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). Japanese meaning of Kikyo is Pentagram, as the Bellflower has five petals. It is an important symbol in Taoism as each petal represents an element: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. It is a common ‘mon’ family crest.
Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring.
The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk, a damask silk woven with a mottled pattern, to give extra texture to the kimono fabric. The design is further enhanced by gold printed areas.
Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.
Dimensions: Width 19cm, Height 14cm, Depth at base 6cm, at top 1cm.