Ladies /Child's coin purse

Ladies /Child's coin purse

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Ladies /Child's coin purse

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This little coin purse is a piece of art.It could be used by a woman or child or carried with one of the shoulder bags or clutch bags I've listed on my site. Notice the design on front. It has sisal stitching, open flap closing, no lining. This is a piece of art because of the fabric. I think this little coin purse was made in northern Tanzania. I have wall hangings (34 years) made from barkcloth that are still in good condition. To make the cloth the bark is cut from the "barktree" (Ficus Natalensis) then it is scraped with a knife and left to dry over night. The following morning it is scraped again and beaten with a wooden mallet until it acquires the thickness of strong, brown paper. The fine red color is achieved by exposure to the sun. An eighteen inch strip of bark can be beaten into a cloth over seven feet broad, and one tree can yield up to forty strippings. Formerly barkcloth was made on a domestic basis in Uganda. Each home had its own "barktrees", and the barkcloth was used for clothing, bedding, wall hangings, and shrouds. Barkcloth is still made by a number of people in Uganda. Barkcloth items we sell from Tanzania, such as this,are much lighter in color and unlined than those from Kenya. This is not barkcloth such as American women use for draperies and pillows. I have only three of these left from many.

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • TZU_9
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Textiles, Clothing & Accessories
  • Department
  • Collectibles
  • Type / Pattern
  • clutch
  • Maker
  • school children
  • Year
  • 1960's
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 6.5 inches
  • Height: 4.5 inches
  • Depth: 0 inch
  • Weight: 0 pound
  • Condition
  • never used
  • Material
  • barkcloth

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