Hibi Kimono Purse 4686E

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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 harmonious blend of emblems: a multitude of ‘sensu’ fans containing ‘kikyo’, ‘kikkuo’ and ‘kiku’ with ‘ume’ blossoms and ‘momiji’, maple leaves.

Sensu or Ougi which are the fans used in dance performances:  popular as it symbolises growth, expanding when opened.  Kikyo, meaning 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.

Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).  It represents rejuvenation and longevity.  Kikkou, the hexagonal motif also means longevity as a pattern of hexagons resembles the tortoiseshell, which is known to have a long life.

 Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring.  Therefore they often appear on autumn kimono. 

Other motifs include ‘matsu’, the pine, a hardy plant that symbolises strength and long life, ‘kasumi’  clouds which represent high status, and Tachibana, Tachibana is the symbol of Citrus Fruit, meaning youth and longevity, as the tree is an evergreen.  This is considered to be a refined motif, so is used on more formal kimono.

The pattern of square ‘dots’ represents shibori, the Japanese miniature tie-dye technique.

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.