Woven by hand of off-white nylon, this vintage 1950s summer purse has double braided handles and a metal zip closure with self-fabric pull. Looped trim gives the top of the purse a ruffled look, while its front and back panels have a different pattern from its sides and bottom, creating yet more textural interest.
Unlined, the purse handles pass through a pair of holes on one side of the purse and are knotted inside the pair of holes on the opposite side.
After appearing at the start of the decade, purses like these remained popular throughout the 1950s, touted for their “drip dry” ease through the summer months and sold in both department and specialty stores, often as a craft item from the Blue Ridge or Smoky Mountains. They came in a variety of solids and multi-colored patterns. Photo #7 shows four period ads, with the top left example showing a woman actually working at her loom on site in the store.
Measuring 5” tall, 9” across, and 3.75” wide with 18” handles, this purse is in excellent, little- or never-used condition, with no flaws to note.
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