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Antique Linen Handbags
These fabulous, eco-friendly, eco-chic totes are made from antique,
hand-woven hemp linen. Because only a few can be made from the
same linen, each of these bags is truly distinctive and nearly one of a
kind. They are generously sized and finished with high quality
The English bridal leather straps are very comfortable to wear. The
bag is lined with high quality cotton ticking. For your convenience, a
zippered pocket as well as two slip pockets on the inside will hold your
cell phone and other personal items and keep your handbag organized.
This durable linen fabric is between 80 and 130 years old and made
from flax and hemp, which were grown by European farmers who
wove the material by hand. The women weavers of former times spent
their evenings weaving this amazing linen, often working only by
candlelight. A weaver would work four to six hours to produce just 60
centimeters (24 inches) of this linen.
German Grain Sack Handbags
Each one of these über-chic handbags is made from a genuine antique
linen German grain sack, which I bought in my home country
Germany. The printing on the sack is original. These German grain
sacks are very rare, and few survived the wars.
The history of these grain sacks is amazing. German farmers would
have them stenciled with their name in order to identify their sacks
when they took them to the mill. They also often inscribed the name of
the farm and the date it was established or taken over by a new owner.
The earliest sacks were hand painted. Around 1890 stencilling became
the more common mode of imprinting the sacks.
The grain sacks are not in perfect condition when I receive them. Most
of them have quite a few patches and stains, and I will describe any
blemishes that I see. I always do my best to piece the fabric together to
fashion a truly beautiful handbag. They are lined with high quality
plain linen fabric.
For your convenience, a zippered pocket as well as two slip pockets on
the inside will hold your cell phone and other personal items and keep
your handbag organized.
This stylish tote is made from antique/vintage French
linen and cotton. Most of the striped fabric are French
matelas, or mattress ticking, from the early 1900’s. Oh
yes – the French have style, down to the last stitch!
Made from antique/vintage grain sack linen, these
lightweight, unlined Market totes with their comfortable
leather straps are perfect to take along on your shopping
trips. The sides of most bags are hand-stitched. A roomy
inside pocket will hold your cell phone as well as other
personal items. The size of these Market bags varies
according to the grain sack it was fashioned from.
For days when you only want to carry your essentials, this small bag is perfect. It is
made from vintage German mangle cloth and lined with antique/vintage cotton and can
easily fit across the body with a 46 inch long hemp strap. The front pocket allows for
convenient access to your cell phone. I attach a charming vintage button for closure.