Purses, Pockets, Pouches

December 6, 1988 – March 5, 1989

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY

1st Floor, Decorative Arts Gallery

Drawn from the museum's collections, the exhibition illustrates the textile techniques used to make purses, pockets, portfolios, and pouches. On view are examples of knitted, netted, tatted, beaded, crocheted, and embroidered small bags--both mass-produced and handmade--dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries.