Kawa Obi Sling 2019 10

MONIKO STORE

Our casual, swing clutch, with adjustable leather strap and leather tassel.    One side is black leather, and other is vintage 'obi': the sash worn with kimono at formal occasions.  

The design on the obi features Ume and Take.  Ume, the Plum Blossom is a very popular symbol on fabrics. It is a favourite within the range of Japanese designs: it’s beauty and fragrance has been reflected in many poems. It is the first of the year to bloom, and therefore represents endurance. It became a symbol of good fortune, as is used for New Year decorations.  Take, bamboo known for it's strength, therefore the motif signifies strength of character. Bamboo plants are often found near Shinto shrines, grown as a barrier to evil. Bamboo leaves, are used at festival times to ward off evil spirits.

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

Handmade by a self help group in Bali.

Dimensions: 23.5cm high x 27cm wide

 



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