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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 gingko 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.
This kimono features a collection of flowers, ‘botan’, ‘ayame’, and ‘kiku’ flowers with ‘sakura’ and ‘Ume’ blossom, with ‘momiji.
Ayame, iris, is widely admired in Japan. It is a sign of strength and the sword shaped leaves are symbols of warriors in the past. 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).
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.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.
Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring
The pattern of square ‘dots’ represents shibori, the Japanese miniature tie-dye technique.
The fabric is a silk, with a pattern of books and scrolls, woven into the fabric giving it a textured finish. The design is further enhanced by gold printed areas.
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