This lovely classic clutch purse is hand made, by me, from vintage barkcloth fabric. It can be used with or without the adjustable nylon crossbody/shoulder strap and the inside of the purse has a lovely zipper pocket to stash extra items.
The outside fabric is 100% cotton and it's reinforced with thick interfacing. The lining is also 100% cotton. The purse closes with an 8 inch antique brass kisslock frame and measures 9 1/2" x 5 ½", with a width of 3 inches. This purse comes with an adjustable nylon strap in a color that will coordinate with the bag.
Photos, description ©2021 Constance Scott, dba Mercedes Sherwood Designs.
Care: I suggest Scotchgarding your purse. As it is made of 100% cotton, it can be spot cleaned with warm water using a mild soap and air dried.
What is Barkcloth?
*Barkcloth is an upholstery weight cotton fabric, generally made into curtains, that had it's heyday from the 1930s through the 1950s. The prints are usually bold, bright and quite distinctive to their era in history. Barkcloth from the 30's often contained beautiful tropicals, often combining floral and geometric patterns. Fabric from the 40's were rich in figural, regional imagery and fabric from the 50's enjoyed images of atoms, cell structures and other geometrics. The term “barkcloth” was a generic household term of the period used to describe the nubby, bark-like texture of cotton curtains made from a twisted two-ply weave.