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 delightful pattern of popular Japanese floral motifs with Kujaku, the peacock. This is seen as an emblem of goodwill, nurturing and kind heartedness. It was believed to have the power to bring rain, and therefore good health.
Ran or Cattleya, orchids symbolise union. 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 called 'king of flowers' in Japan. Tsubaki, the camellia flower, was historically part of the Japanese wedding tea ceremony, symbolising life and promise.
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. Momiji, maple leaves, symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring.
The fabric is a silk, with a pattern of Nami, waves, woven into the fabric giving it a textured finish. The design is further enhanced by gold printed elements.
This vintage kimono was sourced from the Osaka area. It is approximately 20-30 years old.
Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.
Dimensions: 13cm x 10cm x 2.5cm