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Ookii Kuukou Large Folding Wristlet Clutch 4130B

$125.00 USD

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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 Furisode kimono, the formal kimono worn by unmarried women: it has longer sleeves than most kimono.

It is decorated with Kiku, Kiri 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).  Kiri, the Paulownia plant, often also called the Princess Tree. It was traditional to plant a tree when a baby girl was born, and to make a dresser from the tree for her wedding gift. 

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

The fabric is a silk, with more Kiku, Kiri, and also Momiji and Tachibana patterns, woven into the fabric giving a textured finish.  Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring. Tachibana, the satsuma or citrus fruit, is believed to bring long life and healthy offspring.

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.