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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 collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including ‘ayame ’, 'ume' blossom, and ‘kiku’ flowers, and the Guruma wheel.
Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).
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. A popular kimono pattern since the Heian era 794 to1185 AD, Gengji, is an Heian oxcart wheel that was linked with the wheel of Karma in the Buddhist Tale of Genji. The ribbon like features are Noshi. Strips of tied Abalone, used to be given to fisherman as a talisman when venturing out to sea. Today ribbons are used to make these good luck charms, and are given to all. They are also tied to gifts.
The fabric is a silk, with 'ryusuu' patterns of wandering streams, woven into the fabric giving a textured finish. Some elements are highlighted in gold.
Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.
Dimensions: 13cm x 10cm x 2.5cm