Mini Kimono Purse 3800N

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We hate to see any of the vintage kimono fabric go to waste, so we use the smallest pieces to make the mini purse.

This is a mini version of the Ginkou purse, with five separated areas in one side, including one zippered pocket.  On the other side are two card slots and one pocket behind the panel of slots.  You can squeeze a small phone (iPhone 4!) into this purse.

A bright and bold Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including 'ume' blossom, ‘Kiku’ and ‘botan' flowers, 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).  It represents rejuvenation and longevity.  Botan , the peony is known as the King of flowers in Japan.  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.  

Sensu, fans are used in traditional dance performances.

The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk, a damask silk woven with a pattern of sensu, to give extra texture to the kimono fabric.  The design is further enhanced by gold printed areas.

This vintage furisode kimono was sourced from the Osaka area of Japan. Furisode are formal kimono worn by unmarried women. It is approximately 20-30 years old.

Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.

Dimensions: 13cm x 10cm x 2.5cm