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, ‘fuji’, 'botan' and ‘kiku’ flowers, and the Guruma wheel.
Ayame, iris, is widely admired in Japan. It is a sign of strength and the sword shaped leaves are symbols of warriors in the past. 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).
Fuji, wisteria, signifies love, support, sensitivity and tenderness.
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.
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: 20cm x 10cm x 2cm closed.
Opens to 20cm x 28cm x 2cm.