Cotton pocket with silk embroidery | Museum of Bags Amsterdam

Hidden under the skirt

Cotton pocket with silk embroidery, 1750-1775
Floral motif
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Bags in Bloom

Between the seventeenth and nineteenth century, a woman would wear loose pockets under her clothes, which were accessible through slits in her dress and petticoat.

These so-called ‘tie-on’ pockets were tied around the waist and usually hung in pairs on the hips. A single tie-on pocket was often worn at one’s front beneath the apron. Due to their size, a great deal could be carried in pockets, including keys, money, watches, recipes and sewing accessories. Although pockets were worn beneath garments and were therefore not visible, women still felt it important to spend time decorating them with embroidery. This single tie-on pocket is embroidered with a floral design, a popular motif during the period.


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