Beaded bag with frame - Museum of Bags Amsterdam

Beaded bag with frame

Beaded bag with silver frame and chain, Isaac van Wijk and H. Hop, The Netherlands, 1769- 1771
wealthy upper classes

Beaded bags were popular throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Due to the high costs of production (the beads were sometimes so small that they had to be threaded with a horse’s hair instead of a needle), such bags were initially only worn by the wealthy upper classes. However, this came to an end in the nineteenth century with the introduction of techniques that lowered the price. Beads could now be woven with new mechanical weaving techniques. The silver frame from this bag was made by Isaac van Wijk in Amsterdam in 1771. The clasp was made by an H. Hop in 1769.


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