Kuukou Folding Wristlet Clutch 4130R

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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.

This stunning piece is a furisode kimono, daring from the 1990s: it is the formal kimono worn by unmarried women: it has longer sleeves than most kimono.

It is decorated with Kiku, Kiri and Sensu.  Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).  Kiri, the Paulownia plant, often also called the Princess Tree. It was traditional to plant a tree when a baby girl was born, and to make a dresser from the tree for her wedding gift. 

Sensu are the fans used in traditional dance performances, and are a symbol of prosperity as they grow in size when opened up.

The fabric is a silk, with more Kiku, Kiri, and also Momiji and Tachibana patterns, woven into the fabric giving a textured finish.  Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring. Tachibana, the satsuma or citrus fruit, is believed to bring long life and healthy offspring.

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