Ginkou Kimono Purse 3307L


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 pattern of Ume, Momiji, Fuji, and Botan cover this silk kimono. 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. 

The Botan, peony, is known as the King of Flowers in Japan.

Fuji, the Wisteria plant was first celebrated by Japanese aristocrats in the late  Heian era 794-1185AD. In the Japanese tale of the Wisteria Maiden, the character is both graceful and tender. It signifies love, support, sensitivity and tenderness.

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.

The motifs decorate a Guruma wheel: A popular kimono pattern since the Heian era 794 to1185 AD. The Gengji
Guruma, is an Heian oxcart that was linked with the wheel of Karma in the Buddhist Tale of Genji. 

The background is a representation of ‘Shibori’ the miniature tie die technique developed in Japan. 

The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk kimono: a kind of damask silk which has Nami, wave, motifs woven into it’s surface, for extra lustre and texture.  Some elements are highlighted in gold.

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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