Our best selling clutch, hand made from vintage kimono: use as a stylish travel accessory, as it can accommodate a few passports, or a functional 'throw in and go' folding clutch to hold a few essentials on a night out.
A pretty collection of popular Japanese motifs cover this kimono fabric. You can see, Ayame, Botan, Kiku, Ume, Ryuusu and Hanakago
Ayame, the Iris flower, is widely admired in Japan. It is a sign of strength and the sword shaped leaves are symbols of warriors in the past. Botan, peonies, are known as the King of Flowers in Japan. They represent longevity and steadfastness. 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. 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.
Ryuusu, wandering streams are often found on the fabric designs, usually linking other design motifs such as bridges and water loving plants like Iris, Hanakago, is the motif of flowers in a Basket, often spilling from a cart.
The black areas contain a pattern that is representation of shibori, the miniature tie dye technique established in Japan.
Gold painted details highlight the pattern, adding an extra dimension.
The pattern is also printed on a rinzu silk kimono: a kind of damask silk which has motifs woven into it’s surface, for extra lustre and texture.
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: 24cm x 13cm