22.50 EUR15.75 EUR

Small purse made of printed silk with a petal motif and with an off-centre kiss lock closure.

Futaba’s accessories stem from the desire to adapt traditional Japanese fabric–printing techniques to create contemporary pieces.

Edo Komon is the name of a pattern traditionally used for kimono and consisting of tiny motifs, often arranged to form larger designs, on a single muted ground colour.

Japan’s traditional costume first appeared during the Muromachi period (1336–1573) and became very popular during the Edo period (1603–1868), when it was part of kamishimo, the formal costume of the samurai. It was then that Edo Komon was developed and later adopted by the merchant clases.

Edo Komon fabrics are created with hand-cut stencils (katagami). These are made from layers of washi paper and silk mesh brushed with persimmon tannin.

Once the stencil is placed over the fabric, the dye can be applied directly through the perforations, or a resist paste can be spread onto the stencil surface with a brush. In this case, the rice paste is allowed to dry and the entire fabric is soaked in the dyebath. Next, the paste is rinsed off allowing the pattern to appear as white on the coloured ground.

As the fabric used for each purse is cut from a larger piece, all are different.

• 100% silk, lining 100% nylon, metal frame
• Sponge clean with a damp cloth
• 9 x 9 x 2 cm
• Made in Japan