About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Vintage velvet bag obsession

This post was inspired by Kelly of Grunge Queen’s Show and Tell post (and because she has an obvious fondness for handbags).

When I find something I like, the collector in me kicks in (as with my "head jug" and Scottie dog planter collections). 

It all started when I fell in love with the blue bag on the left, purchased at a yard sale about 8 years ago for $1.00. It’s velvet with soutache decoration and lined with brocade fabric. Then, a couple years ago, I bought the smaller black bag on eBay. Last year, my boyfriend A. noticed that I had ‘favorite’d’ this huge one on Etsy and he bought it for my birthday. It is enormous and I’ve used it to carry my laptop or when I’m out for an entire day. You can see how big it is here.

And I was thrilled to score this tote bag in velvet and corduroy at a local thrift store for $10.00. This is the only one with a label, which reads: Made in Pakistan. 85% Cotton 15% Metallic thread.

I assume these bags are from the late 1960s or early 1970s. I’m curious to hear from anyone who bought one new in that period of time.

I have a pattern dating to 1972 for the same style bag, so I’m looking forward to making my own some day.

I’ve added two new bags to my collection. This carpet bag and green velvet purse were purchased for $2.00 each at a yard sale recently, where I also bought a new-to-me straw cloche for $1.00.

Do you have a weakness for a particular type of bag?

Reader Comments (7)

They are all so beautiful, the colours and shapes are exquisite. If you have a go at making a bag, I think you should make some matching boots too!
The carpet bag in the final photo has me drooling...
My bags are an eclectic mix. I am not an obsessive bag lover/collecter but I appreciate other people's very much! xxx

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

Haha, thanks for the mention; as soon as I saw your blog post title I had to come and check it out! I love all of your velvet handbags! I have never seen bags like the ones in the first few pics, though if I ever do I bet I'd snap them up. The bags in the last pic rock - two bucks? The minty green one is dreamy. Happy weekend!

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

I read your blog before I got dressed this morning and subconsciously went out with my 1970s velvet bag (that black adn gold one you've admired before). Love your selection and seriously envious of that pattern! I want those boots! x

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Your bag collection is truly lovely, but I really am enthralled with your pattern for boots! I suppose they are really spats though which is even cooler. How do they get them on since they don't show the inside leg? Stretch fabric, a zip? How do they stay up? I'd love to make a zillion!

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpao

The spats have a zipper and an elastic that goes under the sole of a heeled shoe. I do hope to make them soon!

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoyatri

I bought a bag like your blue one, but black velvet with gold metallic soutache. I bought it for my mother at a department store in Connecticut for $15, and liked it so much I bought a maroon one for me. I wore it day and night for a few years. I can't believe I ever got rid ot them (I inherited my mother's) and am certain that some day they will emerge from a forgotten storage corner. The only reason I found your entry was because I was searching to see if I could find a replacement. I'm now 70 and I think I will feel just as chic with such a bag again as I did at 27, Well, almost.

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane

I forgot to add that after my mother and I were enjoying our "edge-y" bags I read that Diana Vreeland had found one also and thought it was fabulous.

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane

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