Each one of these unique clutch bags is up-cycled from a vintage Jacquard silk obi belt, sourced in Kyoto, and handcrafted in an haute couture atelier in Reims, France. One of a limited edition collection of five numbered pieces, this design features Irises, Chrysanthemums, other flowers (possibly Peonies) and a white cockerel, in vibrant shades of gold, orange, yellow, violet-blue, white and green on a poppy red background, with matching orange silk lining. Each of the 5 designs is slightly different.
The Iris ‘kakitsubata’ symbolises new beginnings, renewal, early Spring, beauty, the transience of life, and protection from evil spirits. 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 white cockerel represents courage and is an auspicious symbol in the Japanese Shinto religion. The Peony ‘botan’ is known as the ‘king of flowers’, and signifies wealth, nobility and timeless beauty.
Every clutch comes with a removable gold chain, fastened inside the pouch, to enable it to be worn as a shoulder bag. There is also a pocket inside for mobile phone storage. This bag is delivered in a Paulownia wood case, traditionally used in Japan to store obi and kimono.
Measures 3 x 26 x 16 cm – ideal for day or evening use.