This handbag has several characteristics that make it very appealing. First, it was made in Italy, a country known for it high style and unusual designs. It has a typical handbag shape with the bottom being wider that the top. It is rounded with curves but, the surprise is the added square lines on the frame. It is made from raffia, a straw like material. The raffia is a deep black. It is woven into thick stitches. There are diagonal raffia accents over the woven straw. There are huge ball like "jewels" placed in horizontal rows. These jewels are multi faceted and do emit a shine. The jewels are plastic. The jewels "pop" and give the bag dimension and depth. The rounded frame is also curved in a half moon shape. It is black plastic (lucite???). There is an attached half rectangle plastic frame surrounding the curved frame. This provides for open space on the frame. This part of the frame is highly unusual and adds to the visual appeal of the bag. The bag opens with a gold tone metal latch that is used to secure the closing of the twin knobs. There is a plastic black chain link carry strap. The links are thick and chunky. The drop is 5". There are four thick "feet" on the bottom for protection. The inside is lined with a black grosgrain fabric. There is an open slip pocket. The sewn in cloth label stating "Made in Italy" is attached inside. The inside is in wonderful condition, I doubt this bag was used. The measurements are 8"w (at the widest), 7 3/4"h x 3 3/4"d. The bag is in great shape. Again, I doubt it was ever used.....there is a small area of wear on the inside of the frame. This bag is so stylish and unusual. It has a certain panache and is the ultimate in raffia handbags!!!!! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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