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Our handy pouch, will keep a few essentials together, stylishly. Fits a passport and a few other bits.
Can be paired with the larger Hidari Wristlet Pouch as a set.
A delightful and delicate pattern of Ume and cover this silk kimono. Ume, plum blossom is a favourite within Japan, it’s beauty and fragrance being reflected across art forms. it is the first blossom of the year to bloom, and represents endurance and good fortune.
The other design elements are Matsu, Kiku, Take, Momiji, Ryuusu and the Guruma wheel. Matsu,the Pine Tree is a hardy plant that symbolises strength and long life. Samurai often planted these trees: it was believed that the long needle-like leaves, Matsuba, protected them from demons. Kiku: the Chrysanthemum is the Flower of The Imperial House and is often used as an icon of Japan itself (it is the emblem used on Japanese passports). It represents rejuvenation and longevity. Take / Sasa: Bamboo known for it's strength, therefore the motif signifies strength of character. Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring. Momijigari is a celebration of autumn leaves, started by the aristocracy during the Heian era 794-1185 AD. ‘Ryuusu’ is water, or a wandering stream as in this design, by the Guruma, water wheel.
Gold painted details highlight the pattern, adding an extra dimension.
The pattern is also printed on a rinzu silk kimono: a kind of damask silk which has motifs woven into it’s surface, for extra lustre and texture. This pattern is of grasses.
This vintage kimono was sourced from the Osaka area of Japan. It is approximately 30 years old.
Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.
Dimensions: 19cm x15cm.