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 tortoiseshell with an arrow feather motif and has a black suede lining. The hexagonal ‘kikko’ motif, inspired by the pattern on the shell of a tortoise, represents longevity and good fortune. The hexagon also features in traditional samurai armor design. Chrysanthemums, or ‘kiku’, are also a symbol of longevity and regal beauty. Kiku feature on the seal of the Emperor and members of the Imperial family, and also signify the season of Autumn.
The arrow is associated to a successful marriage. Indeed, just as the arrow shot never goes back, the young bride is not supposed to return to her parents once she is married. Also, during the New Year, decorative arrows are sold as good luck charms to fight evil and protect one's home.
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.