Kuukou Folding Wristlet Clutch 1992


Our best selling clutch, hand made from vintage kimono: use as a stylish travel accessory, as it can accommodate a few passports, or a functional 'throw in and go' folding clutch to hold a few essentials on a night out. 

A bright collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including 'ume' blossom, and 'kiku', 'fuji' and 'kikyo' flowers.   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.   Fuji, the wisteria plant was first celebrated by Japanese aristocrats over 1000 years ago.  In the Japanese tale of the Wisteria Maiden, the character is both graceful and tender.  It signifies love, support, sensitivity and tenderness.  Kikyo flower means pentagram, as it 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.

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: 24cm x 13cm


Collections: Ryokou collection

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