This is a pleasing example of a Japanese purse - often for a bride, called a Hakoseko. These were apparently worn above the obi, between the undergarments. Classically, they contained tissues – as does this example. It is delightfully embroidered on the front in with pale pink flowers and green leaves with gold accents on a heavier cream fabric. The embroidery is designed in such a way that the sliding holding band matches the underlying design. The band closes with orange cord which passes to a little cream purse which is likely to have been for scent. Once the purse is opened, it reveals an embroidered page turner with orange cord and cream and orange tassel. There is also a mirror, a wide pocket and another space accessed from outside that contains original folded tissues. This example would date from the first half of the 20th century. The condition is very good for age although there is some slight staining of the cream fabric. This Hakoseko would be a lovely addition to a collection of Oriental fashion accessories. Length 5 ins (12.7cm) x width 3 ins (7.5cm). Weight 84 grams.
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