Woven basket purse with floral design from Mae's Millinery Shop

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Created by
Unidentified
Owned by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Subject of
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994
Medium
grass, cotton thread, leather, and metal
Dimensions
H x W x D: 30 x 16 x 19 in. (76.2 x 40.6 x 48.3 cm)
Type
purses (bags)
Place collected
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1941-1994
Description
A purse with leather handles made from woven grass like a basket, with the floral pattern on the front and lid executed with green cotton embroidery floss for the leaves, and woven fiber balls for the flower buds or berries. The flat lid of the basket opens at the center front with a leather and metal tab clasp. Strips of tan leather are attached with metal grommets around the sides and bottom of the basket, corresponding in placement to the short tan leather handles.
Topic
African American
Business
Clothing and dress
Craftsmanship
Fashion
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey, Jr.
Object number
2010.6.30
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Classification
Clothing-Fashion
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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