In old photos and movies from the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China years, many beautiful women wore cheongsams and carried elegant and stylish gold embellished handbags. As an accessory, the purses seemed to make the ladies even more attractive. Now, this type of handbag has become a symbol of vintage stylish elegance.
Because the rim around the opening of this type of handbag is made of gold colored metal, as is the lock clasp, so this type of bag is called a Gold Rimmed Handbag. Many Six Arts Members and their children attended this fun activity of making their very own Gold Rimmed Handbag in the Six Arts Museum’s Handicraft Center.
After receiving their handbag sewing project materials, the participants listened carefully to teacher Yenzi’s instructions, and then the parents helped their children to learn to use the needles and thread to sew the bags.
The first step in the sewing process is to thread the needle, a skill which the children learned on the spot from their parents. Everyone shared the children’s joy whenever they were able to successfully thread their needle.
A traditional patterned satin fabric was used for the handbag fabric, making the Gold Rimmed Handbags appear vintage as well stylish and elegant. Hopefully participants can wear traditional Chinese clothes to match the elegant handmade handbags next time.
Thanks to Mr. Zhang Zhiping for some of the photos and video.