Made of hand-woven wool and then embroidered for use as a tote or handbag. Purchased in Turkey by the wife of a US diplomat in the mid 1960's as a Christmas gifts for a niece back in the U.S. Has faded somewhat from the original blue that can be seen on the inside. The braiding holds the two sides of the wool together in one continuous braid. Starting with a tassel sewed at the bottom, then up the one side and left loose for the strap. The braiding then is continued down the other side ending at the bottom with a matching tassel.
Measures 12-1/2 inches tall and 10-1/2 wide. An heirloom piece that could be displayed or carried to do some shopping. The woven fabric itself is referred to as kilim and is also used to make small rugs, such as prayer rugs. Needed minor repairs recently to re-attach a short section of the braid to the top of the bag.