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Our best selling clutch, the kuukou in a larger size: use as a wristlet clutch, add a strap to make it a crossbody sling, or you can also use to hold an iPad.
This is a Furisode kimono: the formal kimono worn by unmarried women. It has longer sleeves than the kimono worn by married women.
A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including 'ume' blossom, 'kiku', ‘kikyo’ flowers, with ‘Momiji’ and ‘sasa’. Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports). Kikyo, meaning 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.
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. Sasa, bamboo, is known for it's flexibility and strength, therefore the motif signifies strength of character.
The motifs sit within ‘mon’ circles: these sometimes signify family crests. Tsuyushiba, the crescent shape, symbolises Dew Drops on Grass: it means freshness and so is most commonly found on summer kimono.
The fabric is a silk, with 'nami’ wave pattern woven into it. Some elements are highlighted in gold, and some are embroidered.
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: 28cm wide x 20cm high closed, 35cm high when open.