Handbags are not only an indispensable fashion accessory but also a practical helper for many women. Be it personal documents, cosmetics, toiletries, keys and much more. Have you ever wondered when first handbag did it even arise?
Jumping into prehistory
Who would have expected this, but the oldest surviving handbag was discovered in Germany in 2012. Archaeologists believe it belonged to period of 2.5 thousand years BC. It was leather, decorated with several fangsapparently came from stone age.
Handbag not only for women
It is no secret that handbags were commonly worn by both women and men until the end of the 16th century. Handbag mostly worn by people from wealthy families. In the past, it was not common for clothes to have pockets. Handbags were made of various natural materials, most often from animal skins and furs. They were often decorated with jewelry, buckles, various materials or embroidery. They were worn fastened to the belt like today’s kidneys. Later in the Middle Ages, they had cloth bags, which were most often worn over the shoulder.
In the 17th century in the Baroque period, handbags began to be worn under baroque skirts. The women spent hours embroidering purse bags, indicating their dexterity and making the girl fit for marriage. Under large baroque skirts they even carried two handbags at once.
In the 18th century, the so-called pompadour. A handbag invented by the mistress of King Louis XV of France. Madame de Pompadour. This fringed silk pouch was not to be missed on any court lady’s wrist.
With the advent of the 19th century, clothing became a trend straight silhouettes with high waist, narrow cuts of blouses and dresses. As a result, nothing could be hidden under the skirt, and the question arose, where with a women’s handbag. And so the handbag we know today is created.