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16th and 17th centuries bag

Exclusively women’s

Towards the end of the 16th century and in the 17th century, men’s clothes were designed with “inside pockets” and there was no necessity for the bag anymore. Bags were therefore left in the dominion of women for several hundred years until the arrival of the briefcase. Bags and purses were not just daily-used items but they had many other special roles as “marriage bag, toy bag, alms bag, perfumed bag or New Year’s gift”. The material and embellishments of bags and purses matched their roles accordingly, from glass beads, silver or gold thread embroidery, and enamel.

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