Handbags

Handbags

Early modern Europeans wore purses for one purpose, to carry coins. Purses were made of soft fabric or leather, and were worn by men as often as ladies; the Scottish sporran is a survival of this custom. In the 17th century young girls were taught embroidery as a necessary skill for marriage, this also helped them make very beautiful handbags.  By the late 18th century, fashions in Europe were moving towards a slender shape, inspired by the silhouettes of Ancient Greece and Rome. Women wanted purses that would not be bulky or untidy in appearance, so reticules were designed. Reticules were made of fine fabrics like silk and velvet, with wrist straps. Originally popular in France, they crossed over into Britain, where they became known as "indispensables". Today handbags are designed for modern day purposes and became larger to carry more and even sometimes serve as overnight bags.  Men, however, did not adopt the trend. They used purses and pockets, which became popular in men's trousers. Later on, and up to this day men also carry pouches and handbags.

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Cotton Handbag With Silver Threads
Handmade cotton handbag in beige with embroidered circle in silver thread, and gold handles.  T..
$31.00 $22.00
Embroidered Handbag with Rose
Tibetan style handbag. From Thailand. Black cotton and velour with hot pinkl embroidery of a magnifi..
$99.00
Embroidered Handbag-Mantra
Tibetan style handbag with color, sparkles, sequins, and a great look.  Embroideries all around..
$122.00
Embroidered Handbag-Red
Beautifully crafted handbag roomy enough to serve as an overnight bag, and beautiful enough to make ..
$135.00
Handbag Yin and Yang
Beautiful Nepalese handbag decorated with blue, white, yellow and red embroideries.  On each si..
$42.00
Orange and Gold Handbag
Handmade cotton handbag in orange with embroidered circle in gold thread, and gold handles.  Th..
$31.00 $22.00
Orange Cotton Handbag
Nice handbag/shopping bag made of 100% cotton, handmade, hand dyed, with nice stitching details. Lin..
$24.00 $18.00
Silk Handbag
Beautifully handmade silk handbag, from India.  This is a designer bag that was featured in one..
$52.00 $30.00