Kyo-To-To 10th Anniversary Clutch Bags

To celebrate their 10th Anniversary Kyo-To-To have selected 10 significant Japanese paintings to replicate using their intricate embroidery techniques and entitled the series “EMBROIDERY JAPANESQUE 10”.

Complete with specially designed storage boxes customers will also receive a small flyer giving background details about the painting the bag is based on and all include a removable strap that easily turns the bag from a clutch to shoulder or crossover bag. With internal pockets (see images at bottom) too these bags are practical as well as extremely beautiful.

Currently on display in Ukiyo Store’s front window – and available for purchase from Saturday morning (7/4/18) are the following (we only have one of each!):

Irises Screen

Ogata Korin, the painter of Irises Screen, is said to represent Rimpa from the Edo period.
Rimpa is a painting movement; a style which originated in the Azuchi-momoyama period (1573-1603). The screen shows deep and light indigo irises drawn on two paper screens with a gorgeous golden background.


An ukiyo-e painting by Toshusai Sharaku of a kabuki actor, Otani Oniji III, when he played a villain named “Edobei”.
Sharaku is a painter from the Edo period famous for portrait paintings of kabuki actors. He is considered one of Japanese art’s greatest mysteries. The ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artists short career lasted only 10 months in 1794/5. During this period he produced about 145 woodblock prints then vanished. Till this day no one can confirm his real name or birthday.


Girl Blowing Vidro

Girl Blowing Vidro is a piece from a series Ten Classes of Women’s Physiognomy by Kitagawa Utamaro, an ukiyo-e painter from the Edo period. The red checkered kimono was a big trend back in the days and the object she has in her mouth is called “vidro”. It is a glass toy that makes sound when it is blown in and out through the connecting pipe.

The Great Wave

This world known ukiyo-e painting is by Katsushika Hokusai one of the representing ukiyo-e artists of the Edo period. It is the first piece from the series 36 views of Mount Fuji. It is a dynamic painting of a glimpse of Mount Fuji under a wave off Kanagawa.

Takiyasha The Witch And The Skeleton Spectre

A triptych ukiyo-e by one of the famous painters of the Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi. This is a scene from a historical fiction book “Chugiden”. Princess Takiyasha, a daughter of a long defeated warlord summons a monster to fight against the lord of a family who killed her father. This picture became the image of a traditional monster, “Gasha-dokuro”.

Bag Sizes
Size / 25cm×17.5cm×8.5cm
Opening Part:24cm
Adjustable Strap:102~127cm
Material / 50%Linen 25%Cotton 25%Rayon
Inside pockets
Inside Pockets

These bags are real works of wearable art and are far more commanding and beautiful in real-life – so please make sure you don’t miss out on at least seeing them!


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