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Mini Kimono Purse 4383X

$40.00 USD

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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 soft silk fabric, including 'ume'  blossom and ‘botan’ flowers with peacock feathers.

Botan, the peony is called '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. 

The Peacock is seen as an emblem of goodwill, nurturing and kind-heartedness. It was believed to have the power to counteract poison and bring rain: therefore bringing good health.

The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk, a damask silk woven with a pattern, to give extra texture to the kimono fabric.  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: 13cm x 10cm x 2.5cm