Ginkou Kimono Purse 3152D

MONIKO STORE

Our stylish and functional purse, hand made from vintage kimono: use as a travel accessory, as it can accommodate passports and boarding passes, or as a colourful day time clutch clutch to hold your essentials.  The gingko purse features 6 divided internal sections, plus one zipped section, and credit card slots to keep everything together.

A delightful and delicate pattern of Ume, Botan, Kiku, Tsubaki flowers, and Momiji, sit within Yukiwa.

 Ume, plum 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. 

Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).  'Tsubaki', the camellia flower, famous for flowering in the early winter.  Botan, peonies, are known as the King of Flowers in Japan where they represent longevity and steadfastness. 

Momiji maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring.  Momijigari is a celebration of autumn leaves, started by the aristocracy during the Heian era 794-1185 AD.

Yukiwa, snowflakes are usually represented by hexagonal shoes with scalloped borders.   The background also features Guruma wheels, linked to the wheel of Karma in the Tale of Genji.  

Gold painted details highlight the pattern, adding an extra dimension. 

The pattern is also printed on a rinzu silk kimono: a kind of damask silk which has motifs woven into it’s surface, for extra lustre and texture.  This pattern is ‘ryuusu’, wandering streams.

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: 23cm x 13cm x 3cm

 



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