Sunday, April 14, 2013

Vintage Bamboo Handbag 1950s Japanese Oriental Purse $65

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This Japanese Bamboo handbag was made in the 1940 -1950 era, or the post WWII Era or Mid Century Modern Era. This handbag is very special and is RARE to find.

For over 40 years I have collected all types of old bamboo wares. I have antique and vintage bamboo furniture, fishing poles, baskets, and all types of bamboo arts and crafts. Bamboo is all over my home, including vertical bamboo panel shades on my French doors and long French windows, and bamboo grass cloth on some of my walls. When I lived in the FL Keys for 20 years, one of my favorite pastimes was to walk the beaches and collect bamboo poles of all sizes which I use for curtain rods, wind chimes, and other crafts.

This hand bag is special because not only is this style rare to find but I have never used it and it has been stashed away for decades. When you look at the unique construction of this bag, you will notice the bamboo rods through the ends that act like pivots, onto which all the bamboo slats are stacked upon. This type of construction is unique in that it is made like old Japanese fishing traps, which is where the inspiration for this handbag came from.

All of the bamboo slats are in excellent well cared for condition with no imperfections or flaws. All of the hand tied red cord is in excellent condition as well. (I had to make one small repair to a small section but it is hard to notice.)

Because the slats have gaps, it is not advisable to put loose items in the bag. Instead, use a combination of large colorful cosmetic bags to put everything in. Or if you want to take the time, you could glue a fabric liner to the inside using any material you want.

Large in size, the handbag is 14 1/2" long x 13 1/2" tall (with handles) x 7 1/2" wide, or 37 cm x 34 cm x 19 cm. Below the handles, there is a bamboo closure mechanism of two interlocking slats. The inside of the bag is stamped in black ink Made in Japan.
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