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 kimono features a collection of flowers, ‘fuji’, and ‘kiku’ flowers with ‘sakura’ blossom, ‘momiji’ and Guruma wheels.
Fuji, wisteria, signifies love, support, sensitivity and tenderness.
Botan, the peony is called 'king of flowers' in Japan. Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).
Sakura, The Cherry Blossom is one of the first of the year to bloom, and blooms for a relatively long time. It holds a special place in hearts of the Japanese: signifying new beginnings.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. It is the first of the year to bloom, and therefore represents endurance.
Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring
A popular kimono pattern since the Heian era 794 to1185 AD, Gengji Guruma, is an Heian oxcart that was linked with the wheel of Karma in the Buddhist Tale of Genji.
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: 24cm x 13cm