Hibi Kimono Purse 3086T


Our stylish and functional purse, hand made from vintage kimono. It has 4 inside pockets/sections, plus a zippered coin sections and 5 card slots in the main part. The bottom area opens out to give 4 more card slots and another pocket/section.

A bright collection of floral emblems adorn this kimono fabric, including 'sakura' blossoms, 'kiku', ‘kikyo’, 'ayame' and 'tsubaki' and 'botan' flowers.   Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports).  Kikyo, the five petalled bellflower, is an important symbol in Taoism as each petal represents an element: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. '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. 

'Ayame' are especially loved by the Japanese: it is a sign of strength and the sword shaped leaves are symbols of warriors in the past. In a tenth century poem “Tales of Ise.” An aristocratic poet, set out on a long journey and when he reached a place where he saw irises in full bloom in a marsh crisscrossed with bridges, the sight filled him with such longing for his wife in far away Kyoto that he wrote the poem for her, which became famous.

Other motifs include ‘take’, bamboo, a hardy plant that symbolises strength and flexibility of character, 'matsu' the hardy pine tree, and  'ryuusu', a wandering stream, often used in fabric designs linking elements together.

The fabric is a silk woven with a pattern of 'sayagata', a repeating pattern of the Buddhist swastika symbol: comprising of left- and right-facing swastikas joined by lines.  The pattern adds sheen and texture. 

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: 20cm x 10cm x 2cm closed.
Opens to 20cm x 28cm x 2cm.



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