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We hate to see any of the vintage kimono fabric go to waste, so we use the smallest pieces to make the mini purse.
This is a mini version of the Ginkou purse, with five separated areas in one side, including one zippered pocket. On the other side are two card slots and one pocket behind the panel of slots. You can squeeze a small phone (iPhone 4!) into this purse.
This kimono features a collection of flowers, ‘botan’, ‘fuji’, and ‘kiku’ flowers with ‘Ume’, blossom, and Sensu.
Fuji, wisteria, signifies love, support, sensitivity and tenderness. 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). 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.
Sensu, the fans that are used for traditional dance performances. They also symbolise going prosperity as the fans get larger when opened.
The pattern of square ‘dots’ represents shibori, the Japanese miniature tie-dye technique.
The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk, a damask silk woven with a traditional brickwork pattern, to give extra texture to the kimono fabric. The design is further enhanced by gold printed elements.
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: 13cm x 10cm x 2.5cm