Wednesday, November 28, 2012


My mom and I went to check out the Tassenmuseum (Purse and Bag Museum) in Amsterdam right near Rembrandtplein.

They had examples dating back as far as the 1600's- when clothes didn't have pockets and men and women started having to carry things like coins or keys. The fact that women's bags are so popular now is only a recent development as men carried pouches and bags for their contents for almost as long. But they theorize that men's clothing generally has more pockets and now the need for a bag isn't as great.

Some examples: Early plastic. Tie pouches worn around the waist and tucked into folds of the dress. Wooden school bag. The development of the key ring. Modern design vegetable bags. Art deco. Ivory detail. Glass beads.

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