OTAFUKU PURSE

56.25 EUR

XL purse made of printed silk with a pattern of carnations, kiss lock closure and matching kimono charm.

Otafuku is the Goddess of Mirth and also a mask used in Japanese theatre. The shape of this purse is reminiscent of that of the mask.

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

Edo Sarasa printed fabric, as used for this pouch, was developed in Edo (present–day Tokyo) during the Edo period (1603–1868).

Painted, printed and wax–resist cotton fabrics from India and South–East Asia were introduced to Japan by European traders during the Muromachi period (1336–1573). They were known as sarassa after the Portuguese term for calico (in turn derived from the Hindi sarassa, meaning ‘superior’) and became very popular among the wealthy samurai and merchant clases.

Eventually, Japanese craftsmen developed their own interpretations of these imported fabrics. The domestic version included distinctively Indian floral patterns along with new Japanese floral and geometric motifs, generally in a palette of reds and browns. Local printing techniques such as rice paste resist dyeing and stencils were applied to the production process.

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

The purse comes in a gift box made from kiri (Paulownia) wood, traditionally used in Japan to make tansu chests for storing kimono.

• 100% silk, lining 100% cotton, metal frame, charm 100% silk fabric set in acrylic resin and rayon cord
• Sponge clean with a damp cloth
• 12 x 16 x 3 cm
• Made in Japan
• Available in blue and red