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Our stylish and functional purse, hand made from vintage kimono. It has 4 inside pockets/sections, plus a zippered coin sections and 5 card slots in the main part. The bottom area opens out to give 4 more card slots and another pocket/section.
A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including ‘ayame ’, 'ume' blossom, and ‘kiku’ flowers, and the Guruma wheel.
Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).
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. A popular kimono pattern since the Heian era 794 to1185 AD, Gengji, is an Heian oxcart wheel that was linked with the wheel of Karma in the Buddhist Tale of Genji. The ribbon like features are Noshi. Strips of tied Abalone, used to be given to fisherman as a talisman when venturing out to sea. Today ribbons are used to make these good luck charms, and are given to all. They are also tied to gifts.
The fabric is a silk, with 'ryusuu' patterns of wandering streams, woven into the fabric giving a textured finish. Some elements are highlighted in gold.
Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.
Dimensions: 20cm x 10cm x 2cm closed.
Opens to 20cm x 28cm x 2cm.