Fukuro Obi Clutch 3011D


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

A classic pattern of ‘kikkou’, ‘kiku’, ‘kiri’ and ‘botan’.  The hexagonal kikkou pattern resembles the tortoiseshell and is, thus, associated with longevity. The Kiku, chrysanthemum, is the Flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself and represents rejuvenation and longevity. ‘Botan’ the peony, is known as the king of flowers in Japan as also symbolises steadfastness. The symbols of longevity are reinforced by the ‘kiri’, the paulownia, often also called the Princess Tree. It was traditional to plant a tree when a baby girl was born, and to make a dresser from the tree for her wedding gift. It is also the emblem of the Prime Minister's office and cabinet. Women involved in government will wear this symbol on official duties.

This vintage Fukuro Obi was sourced from the Osaka area of Japan.  It is approximately 30 -40 years old, and in excellent condition.

Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.

Dimensions: 32cm x 22cm


Collections: Obi Clutches

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