Each one of these unique Kyomaï cuffs is up-cycled from a vintage Jacquard silk obi belt, sourced in Kyoto, and handcrafted in an haute couture atelier in Reims, France.
Every cuff tells its own story. This design features great silver Paulownias and has a black suede lining. The Paulownia or ‘kiri’ tree, also known as the ‘Empress Tree’, is closely associated with female identity. Historically, when a baby girl was born, the family planted a Paulownia tree, which would be cut down upon marriage, to make a wedding chest. Paulownia is one of the fastest growing trees with high quality wood, and is also the emblem of Japanese government, and the seal of the office of the Prime Minister. It is the highest Japanese distinction after the order of Chrysanthemum. It is said that when the Phoenix came down to roost from the immortal realm, it would only do so in the Paulownia tree. This would make a curiously unique gift for a girlfriend, or a bride to be.
Presented in a pouch to protect it when not worn, each cuff is delivered in a Paulownia wood case, traditionally used in Japan to store obi and kimono.
Measures 6cm diameter and 5cm long and weighs 60g. Case measures 10 x 10 x 7.5 cm.