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 design of ‘sensu’ fans containing ‘Tsuru ’, ‘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. Tsuru, the crane, frequently appears on wedding kimono as it represents hope, longevity and good fortune, because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. It also represents fidelity, as Japanese cranes are known to mate for life.
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.
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,
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.