Silk brocade evening bag | Museum of Bags Amsterdam

Silk brocade evening bag

Austria, ca. 1929
Silk brocade

The smallest evening bags can be found in the 1920s and 1930s.

The dress-code etiquette at the time shows a hierarchy of size, where bags of a practical dimension were relegated to the more prosaic world of shopping and sewing. Evening bags were intended as accessories more than as a practical way to transport one’s belongings. They therefore often had short handles, and were intended to be carried in the hand or at the wrist. Intended as accessories, the frames were often richly decorated with semi-precious stones, with the bags themselves made of expensive materials, such as the silk brocade in this example.


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