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Our handy pouch, will keep a few essentials together, stylishly. Fits a passport and a few other bits.
Can be paired with the larger Hidari Wristlet Pouch as a set.
This pouch is recrafted from a furisode kimono. These are formal kimono worn by unmarried women, and have longer sleeves than other kimono.
A delightful pattern of Noshi cover this silk kimono. Noshi are strips of ribbon, tied and given as good luck charms: this follows from and old fishermen's tradition of giving strips of tied abalone as talisman when venturing out to sea.
Within the strips is a collection of popular Japanese design motifs, including 'ume' blossom, 'Kiku’’ flowers, Momiji leaves and Kikkou, and Seigaiha patterns. 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. It is the first of the year to bloom, and therefore represents endurance. It became a symbol of good fortune, as is used for New Year decorations.
Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring
The hexagonal kikkou pattern represents longevity due to it resembling the long living tortoise. Seigaiha ‘wave’ or ‘scale’ patterns can be seen on all forms of Japanese design. it was originally used on maps to depict the sea, and was made popular by the artist Seikai Kanshichi.
The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk, a damask silk woven with a pattern, to give extra texture to the kimono fabric. The pattern is ‘Bishamon’ which are three merged Kikkou. The design is further enhanced by gold printed areas.
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: 19cm x15cm.