Kuukuo Folding Wristlet Clutch - 3423N


Our best selling clutch, hand made from vintage kimono: use as a stylish travel accessory, as it can accommodate a few passports, or a functional 'throw in and go' folding clutch to hold a few essentials on a night out. 

A delightful and delicate pattern of floral designs within Kuukou cover this silk kimono. Kikkou, the repeating hexagonal pattern, resembles the tortoise-shell pattern, and because Tortoise were once believed by Japanese aristocrats to live for up to 1000 years, it became a symbol of longevity and good fortune.

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, wisteria, has been a popular motif for around 1000 years. 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.  Tsubaki: the camelia flower, historically part of the Japanese wedding tea ceremony, symbolising life and promise. They are notorious for flowering in the colder months of November and December.

Repeating background patterns include Seigaiha, the wave pattern, and Shippou, interlocking circles.

The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk kimono: a kind of damask silk which has mottled finish 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: 24cm x 13cm

Collections: Ryokou collection

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