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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.
A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including 'ume' blossom, 'Kiku’, ‘fuji’, ‘kikyo’, ’botan’, ‘ayame’ and ‘tsubaki’ flowers, and momiji. Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports). It represents rejuvenation and longevity. Botan, the peony is called 'king of flowers' in Japan.
Fuji, wisteria, signifies love, support, sensitivity and tenderness.
Japanese meaning of Kikyo is 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. It is a common ‘mon’ family crest.
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.
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.
Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring.
Closed fans also feature in this design. 'Sensu’ are the fans used in traditional dance performances, and are a symbol of prosperity as they grow in size when opened up.
The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk, a damask silk woven with a pattern of nami, waves, to give extra texture to the kimono fabric. 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.
Dimensions: 23cm x 13cm x 3cm