The bag is so essential and useful thing in our everyday life that even established a special day of the year in honor of the bags. In the UK the day 4 of October declared the National day handbags (eng. National Handbag Day). It was first noted in 2001. The purpose of this holiday handbags was to help women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. The fair half of mankind and their companions were asked to buy in this festive day bag, and ten percent of their value went to charity. Thus collected funds were directed to high-end cancer of the breast.
In our time, leather was the traditional material for sewing bags, but the first bags were made from very different materials. Initially they were made of fur, used the skin of fishes, of bast or cordage, and later began to use lace and velvet. In the 17-18 centuries handbags have become an indispensable attribute of women, for decoration used glass beads, bugle beads, embroidery. During the reign of French king Louis XV (18th century), lace, velvet, or simply decorated with beautiful accessories women’s handbags were called «Pompadour». In the second half of the 19th century there were handbags handbags, based on which was laid a frame of steel or even silver mesh and solid lining. Widely used the skin as the main material for making bags, began only in the 20th century.
Unique and unusual creation of the famous design house Ginza Tanaka, shocked world public opinion. Handbags of small size, created by Japanese fashion house, encrusted 2 182 (!) diamonds, total weight of which exceeds 208 carats, in addition, to create such a miracle was used the precious metal platinum, which explains the incredibly high cost of handbag. Designers design this house take note of the fact that some of the bags can be used separately, for example, a diamond band, it is acceptable to wear as a necklace or bracelet, beautiful brooch decorated with diamond 8 carat surrounded by 81 small diamonds, will adorn any evening outfit.
Bag (lat. marsupium) also referred to as a fold of skin on the belly of the female marsupial animals, which serves for carrying babies.
When the first bag is not exactly known. Mention of the bag is even in one of the myths of Ancient Greece — the myth about the hero Perseus who saved the world from the terrible Gorgon Medusa. During your journey, Perseus came to the nymphs, who gave him three gifts: the helmet of the ruler of the underworld Hades who was doing invisible things, who wore sandals with wings, with which you can quickly rush through the air, and a magic bag, which is then expanded, then compressed depending on what was in it. With all these gifts, he went to kill Medusa the Gorgon. With the Gorgon on her head instead of hair stirred by a poisonous snake. A single glance of his terrible eyes she turned a man to stone. Perseus took advantage of his shining mirrored shield and looking at the reflection in the face of the Gorgon, and cut off her head. Perseus put her head in a magic bag. The bag was made of cloth and magic cloth failed to keep seeping through her blood. Leaked through the cloth bag drops turned into poisonous snakes. They say that an abundance of the most poisonous snakes on the ground — in Libya, and they appeared thanks to a few drops of blood of the Gorgon Medusa, leaked from a magic bag when Perseus with my bag flew over the territory of this country.
Here are examples of half-remembered or completely forgotten the words for the bag: wicak, Laguna Kalita, tiles, tablets, quiver, knapsack, purse, scrip, purse, bag, reticule, string bag.
The history of handbags started with a… men’s pockets. In our understanding as an integral part of the clothes it came into fashion only in the XVII century. Initially women were not burdened with the need to carry something with you. In the XIV-XV centuries, small and gold coins men wore pouches attached to the belt, and women on the laces. When the Burgundian court, he was the membership of the court toilet and was called «monger». Fashion of the late Gothic introduces the use of collections of bags of various shapes and sizes. They were worn on the strap and at the waist, with each step they melodiously rang. Resist them and in the Renaissance. In the next century, men, freeing his hands, moved to the comfortable and capacious pockets. First pockets were made on the jacket of Louis XIV. Later they began to sew the jackets, and finally they appeared in his trousers.
And women, of varying forms and decoration in accordance with fashion and style, stayed true to the handbags of various types and purposes. A small hand bag into a pouch for small items, as opposed to the pocket gradually became an integral part of the female toilet. It was made of different materials with the decorations depending on the fashion. Since the XVII century, women wore richly decorated with glass and bugle beads embroidered, knitted, braided bags and pouches, which were called reticules, and in the XVIII century there was a bag made of cloth (usually made of velvet) and the lace, which were handkerchiefs, cosmetics and other small items. They were called «Pompadour» in memory of the mistress of French king Louis XV. Hard, mostly leather handbags appeared recently. In the early twentieth century, women’s handbag was finally legalized together with trousers, short skirts and short hair. Since then began the second history — the history of great bags.
Classic handbags with strict geometrical forms are still considered universal. To pick them up today is much easier than in the days of grace Kelly: then the rules of propriety demanded that the bag will certainly match in color or at least shade with shoes, gloves, scarf and other accessories. Bag has always been the «front part» of the female wardrobe. It bag is the impression about the image of man as a whole. That is bag for women — about the same as watches or car for men. It must have your face, your style and of course a decent look. On the strategically important role of bags says at least the fact that in the UK annually celebrate the day of bag — 4 Oct. Today only one is close in spirit and color, «a companion» — the pattern on the handkerchief, thin strap or even nail Polish. And the shoes and bag the same color — almost bad taste. The current rules of propriety are much more loyal. The only thing they timidly require that the bag was still made of leather.
From childhood, we all remember the poem of S. Marshak «baggage»: «the Lady handed over in Luggage: sofa, suitcase, bag, painting, basket, cardboard and the little dog». A really long time to ladies during travel (e.g., train) were forced to hand over a suitcase and holdall in the Luggage compartment. Of course even before the time of writing a children’s poem there was a need for a convenient way to keep your clothes and closet during these relocations and travels. Invaluable contribution to the solution of this problem was made by the founder of French fashion house Louis Vuitton. He began his work as a disciple of the famous Paris conducing master Marsala. Louis Vuitton did travel suitcases, and in 1958 invented the first flat trunk with a wood base, fitted the frame impervious material, divided the internal space by a partition. Began to open compartments for dresses, hats, gloves, and then the hangers, and drawers. Today it is one of the most expensive and successful brands in the fashion industry, and each lady dreaming about a suitcase and a bag of brand «Louis Vuitton».
In Amsterdam there is a Museum of bags. This bag Museum devoted to historic handbags, purses and suitcases. The Museum’s collection includes 3,500 exhibits, the oldest of them belong to the beginning of the XVI century. This is one of the three existing in the world of museums with a similar focus, and he has the largest collection in the world.
Most visitors to the Museum were women, but the most valuable Museum piece is a men’s Fanny pack made of goat leather with iron latches, made in the XVI century.