Hibi Kimono Purse 3132U

MONIKO STORE

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' and ‘ume’ blossoms, 'kiku', ‘kikyo’, and 'tsubaki' and 'botan' flowers and ‘momiji’ leaves.  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).  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. 

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 fabric is a silk woven with a pattern which 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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