Vintage saga nishiki gold clutch purse
A gorgeous vintage clutch purse made of saga nishiki silk. This beauty has a woven pattern of raised sayagata, and is in excellent condition. This material is very special as it is a highly labour intensive process that uses both Japanese paper and silk thread combined with gold.
This purse has a removable card holder as well as a built in spot for makeup.
It is 11.5 cm by 22.5 cm and is about 3 cm thick.
• Saga Nishiki (佐賀錦 Saga-nishiki) is a form of brocading from Saga prefecture, Japan. It is a unique form of brocading in that Japanese paper is used as the warp. This paper is coated in either gold, silver or lacquer. The weft is a silk thread which is dyed. As the technique is time-consuming, only several inches are produced each day.
• Sayagata: the swastika is often found as part of a repeating pattern. One common pattern, called sayagata in Japanese, is made of of interlocking manji/swastikas, left- and right-facing swastikas joined by lines. As the negative space between the lines has a distinctive shape, the sayagata pattern is sometimes called the “key fret” motif in English.