Fukuro Obi Clutch 2731D


Our signature clutch, hand made from vintage 'obi': the sash worn with kimono at formal occasions.

A bold classic design featuring repeating ‘kikkou’: the hexagonal pattern resembles the tortoiseshell and thus is associated with longevity.  Gold ‘hanamon’ sits within the kikkou: the hanamon is a floral family crest.

Also featuring 'kiku', 'kikyo' 'take' 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.   Kikyo, as the Bellflower has five petals, this 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.

Take, bamboo known for it's strength, therefore the motif signifies strength of character.  Momiji, maple leaves, are celebrated for their amazing display of colour in autumn. 

This obi is woven with Red, white, very pale pink and turquoise, silver and gold threads.

This vintage Fukuro Obi was sourced from the Osaka area of Japan.  It is approximately 40 years old, and in excellent condition.

Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.

Dimensions: 30.5cm x 19cm


Collections: Obi Clutches

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