Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Getting my raffia on! - the beginning

 I have somehow started a collection, it is just the beginning: raffia and beaded bags from the 1960's.


It started with this red, wooden beaded clutch I bought from Alfie's Market in London about 7 years ago, I needed a bag for my brothers wedding - friends said it reminded them of a taxi drivers beaded car seat, but I like to think of it as my Jaffa bag (you know those Australian sweets - chocolate on the inside and red/orange crunchy shell on the outside)


Then I happened across this large brown raffia bag earlier this year (I love a large bag as I usually have my glasses case, sunglasses, fan (yes I get hot easily) and all manner of 'stuff' to lug around).


Then I found this little cutie on Mothers Day on a day trip to Rosebud.  She is small but so perfectly formed.


 And last week when I was in Sydney I visited the Sydney Antique Centre and my heart skipped a beat - she was the right size, in perfect condition and a wonderful colour - she is my favourite.



Most are made in Japan, well the ones with a label and I know this style of bag was also made in Italy.  I think they are fantastic, such clean lines, great texture and materials and an item that isn't THAT expensive.


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  1. Gorgeous collection, thanks for sharing! xx

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    1. Thanks, it's in its infancy and I should branch out into other colours but I gravitate towards the reds and browns :) maybe it's the season.

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  2. I am in love with your red bag. Please don't ever bring it near me… I may be tempted to steal it! ;)
    xo

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    1. You may just see it on Saturday, I'll let you look but no touching ;)

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  3. Oh I love raffia and straw bags. I have a small collection of straw purses. You can never have too many raffia purses. They're so unique and different.

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    1. Hi Mariela, Yes I just saw one of your lovely little basket staw purses - she is so sweet. It is addictive isn't it as finding ones in good condition are hard to find. I look forward to seeing more of yours. xc

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  4. You're so darn cute!! I love that new red bag! Ahhh the handles!

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    1. The handle is the icing on the cake :) May just take her for a spin on Saturday xc

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