Purse

About this object

History of use

Everyday use, for carrying money and documents. Perhaps part of a dowry.

Iconographic meaning

The geometric design may be the ‘birth symbol.’

Physical description

Small embroidered and beaded wallet, made from red cotton textile, embroidered with dark yellow, orange, purple and grey geometric designs. The ‘body’ of the wallet is rectangular in shape which is intended to be folded in thirds, and one short end is extended to form a triangular flap. All edges are trimmed with bright blue and white small glass beads. The inside of the wallet has two compartments, one long and one short. The wallet is lined with red printed cotton and silk textiles.