Fukuro Obi Clutch 2768E


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

A cheerful collection of popular design icons are displayed on this black obi. The Kikkou pattern spreads over most of the fabric: also called the Fortune Hexagon this much loved design signifies long life as it resembles the tortoise shell, and the tortoise was thought to live for one thousand years in previous Japanese eras. Within the kikkou are hanabishi, the diamond shaped floral emblem.

Interspersed with ‘nadeshiko’ and ’kiku’ flowers.  Nadeshiko are symbol of femininity.  Many womens’ groups or teams are called by this flower, including Japan women’s football team. The Kiku, chrysanthemum, is the Flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself and represents rejuvenation and longevity.

It is joined by Take, the symbol of the bamboo flower, that is known for it’s strength and flexibility, and Matsu, the hardy pine plant that symbolises strength and long life. The delicate Ume blossom is a favourite within Japan, it’s beauty and fragrance being reflected across art forms. it is the first blossom of the year to bloom, and represents endurance and good fortune.

Noshi strips swirl around the background: trips 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.

Woven with bright yellow, green, orange red, and purple threads, with gold, white and silver highlights.  Please note that the more loosely woven areas should be handled gently as the thread can be caught on jewellery.

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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