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 a striking design with a statement orange and yellow Paulownia tree emblem, set in a traditional hexagon of gold, turquoise and white with Chrysanthemums in an acid green geometric pattern, and acid green silk lining.
The Paulownia ‘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 said that when the Phoenix came down to roost from the immortal realm, it would only do so in the Paulownia tree.
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 armour 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.
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.