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Our stylish and functional purse, hand made from vintage kimono: use as a travel accessory, as it can accommodate passports and boarding passes, or as a colourful day time clutch clutch to hold your essentials. The gingkou purse features 6 divided internal sections, plus one zipped section, and credit card slots to keep everything together.
There are also loops inside from which you can clip and hang a chain or strap to turn this into a sling bag.
A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including 'ume' blossom, 'kiku'’, ‘tsubaki’ and 'nadeshiko' flowers. Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports). Tsubaki, the camellia flower, was historically part of the Japanese wedding tea ceremony, symbolising life and promise.
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.
Nadeshiko, Dianthus, or Pinks, is a symbol of femininity. Many womens’ groups or teams are called by this flower, including Japan women’s football team.
The background pattern is higaki: a repeating pattern from a technique of Basket Weave, often seen in designs of river scenes. The star shape that is made from triangles is used as an amulet to guard against evil powers.
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 23cm x 13cm x 3cm.