Ookii Kuukou Large Folding Wristlet Clutch 2313D

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Our best selling clutch, the kuukou in a larger size: use as a wristlet clutch, add a strap to make it a crossbody sling, or you can also use to hold an iPad.

This is recrafted from a stunning Furisode kimono, the formal kimono worn by unmarried women: it has longer sleeves than most kimono. We have actually had it for five years, admiring the patterns before we finally recrafted it!  It was actually a half made kimono, with not all the seams completely sewn, so was never worn (you can see in the picture below).

A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including, 'sakura' blossom’, 'botan' and ‘kiku’ flowers, and Sensu, Kasumi and Shippou and Kikkou pattens.

Botan, the peony is called 'king of flowers' in Japan.  

Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports). ‘Ran’ are orchids, which symbolise union and wealth and/or prosperity.  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.

Sensu are the fans used in traditional dance performances, and are a symbol of prosperity as they grow in size when opened up.  Kasumi are clouds, and represent high status.  

Shippou is the never ending pattern of interconnected rectangles and polygons, known as gemstones.  Shokkou is the pattern when it contains a flower or crest.  Kikkou is the pattern of hexagaons, known as ‘tortoiseshell’ which symbolises longevity as the tortoise has a long life.

The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk kimono: a kind of damask silk which has Nami, wave, motifs woven into it’s surface, for extra lustre and texture.  Some elements are highlighted in gold, and some of the flowers are embroidered with gold thread.

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: 28cm wide x 20cm high closed, 35cm high when open.