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Hashi is Japanese for ‘bridge’. This design was inspired by the shape of a beautiful red bridge at a temple in Osaka. It features one large pocket accessed by a top zipper, and a zipped pocket on the side. Designed with a base panel, so the pouch will stand up.
A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including ‘shame’, 'ume' blossom, and ‘kiku’ flowers, and the Guruma wheel.
Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).
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.
A popular kimono pattern since the Heian era 794 to1185 AD, Gengji, is an Heian oxcart Guruma wheel that was linked with the wheel of Karma in the Buddhist Tale of Genji.
The ribbon like features are Noshi. Strips of tied Abalone, used to be given to fisherman as a talisman when venturing out to sea. Today ribbons are used to make these good luck charms, and are given to all. They are also tied to gifts.
The fabric is a silk, with 'ryusuu' patterns of wandering streams, woven into the fabric giving a textured finish. Some elements are highlighted in gold.
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: Width 19cm, Height 14cm, Depth at base 6 cm, at top 1cm