Ookii Kuukou Large Folding Wristlet Clutch 4646C

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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 a Furisode kimono: the formal kimono worn by unmarried women.  It has longer sleeves than the kimono worn by married women. 

A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including ‘taiko’ drums with ‘kikyo’ and 'kiku' flowers.  Taiko are drums, or the art of drumming: as is a popular cultural instrument: used in battle, at religious ceremonies, festivals and arts performances. 
Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).  Kikyo, meaning Pentagram, as the Bellflower has five petals. It is an important symbol in Taoism as each petal represents an element: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

There are also  'sayagata’ patterns and ‘shippou’ patterns.  Sayagata, the pattern of repeating swastikas, is a Buddhist symbol of strength, good fortune, and the concept of eternity. The geometric balance and repetition of the sayagata pattern signifies the inseparability of the one and the many, continuity and multiplicity. Shippou, a never ending pattern of interlocking circles, is a symbol of gemstones or treasures.

Some elements are highlighted in gold, and some are embroidered.

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.