Fukuro Obi Clutch - 3180B


Our signature clutch, hand made from vintage 'obi': the sash worn with kimono at formal occasions.

A classic pattern of golden ‘kikkou’, the hexagonal kikkou pattern. It resembles the tortoiseshell and is, thus, associated with longevity. Inside the kikkou pattern are ‘kiku’, ‘take’ and ‘kikyo’.  The Kiku, chrysanthemum, is the Flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself and represents rejuvenation and longevity. Take or Sasa, the bamboo plant, known for it's strength, therefore the motif signifies strength of character.  The Kikyo, The Japanese meaning is Pentagram, as the Bellflower has five petals. It is an important symbol in Taoism as each petal represents an element: wood, fire, 

earth, metal and water. It is a common ‘mon’ family crest.  These motifs are embroidered in silver, bold and shades of red and deep orange.

This vintage Fukuro Obi was sourced from the Osaka area of Japan.  It is approximately 40 years old, and in excellent condition.

Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.

Dimensions: 30cm x 21.5cm


Collections: Obi Clutches

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