Hibi Kimono Purse 4644E

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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 pattern of choucho, butterflies, adorn this silk kimono: butterflies are believed to represent the soul of departed or separated loved ones. 

Within the butterflies are Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and is often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).  It represents rejuvenation and longevity.

Some patterns are also seen in the wings, including Seigaiha.  These ‘wave’ or ‘scale’ patterns can be seen on all forms of Japanese design.  it was originally used on maps to depict the sea, and was made popular by the artist Seikai Kanshichi.  

This textile weave style is called EDO KOMONFUJI or SAMEKOMON. These are patterns made from repeated dots, and can be any pattern. Samekomon means ‘Shark fine pattern’: the dots of the pattern resembling sharkskin.

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 29cm x 2cm.