Saturday, June 9, 2012

Women’s Handbag and Purse

The Chatelaine bag

A unique antique belt purse which many a woman would wear in the 19th century in certain parts of the world was the chatelaine bag.

What is a chatelaine?

The chatelaine was a clasp or hook that could be fitted to the waist of the dress/ garment a woman wears. The chatelaine would have a chain/chains or a chord/chords attached to it which could be connected to a bag/pouch. Some women would use a chatelaine to hold their household keys while others attached their watch, household seal, thimble or scissors plus a variety of other small items that they frequently used.

The Reticule Handbag

The reticule was another interesting looking small purse designed similar to a pouch with a drawstring made from fabric like silk and rayon which a number of women carried during the 18th century and well into the 19th century.

Some describe the reticule handbag as a purse that was shaped like a pineapple.

The popular handbags used by women this day and age are the:
  • Tote
  • Satchel
  • Hobo
  • Pouch
  • Bucket Bag

Saddle shape handbag

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Bucket Bag

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The clutch purse is another accessory women use especially when attending functions and parties during the evening since it gives an elegant look to their evening wear.

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Handbag Rules

When sitting at a table with others one should never set their handbag or purse on the table. This is considered rude.

Always lay your handbag or purse on an empty chair which is next to you, on your lap or on the ground next to your feet (leftside).

Only hang your handbag on the chair if your back is facing the wall.

How to care for your handbag

When you first purchase you bag or purse inquire from the saleslady/man who sold you the bag if it’s okay to spray scotch guard on the bag. Some people spray scotch guard when they first buy their handbag or purse as its believed to give a protective coating to the bag thus minimizing the damage done to the bag in the future from moisture and heat.

Store the handbag or purse in a pillow slip or dust cover.

A leather handbag and purse should not be exposed to rain and sun. The leather will peel and crack when it comes into contact with moisture and heat. Use a leather conditioning cream to clean the bag at least once a week. Never apply the cream directly onto the leather but instead apply it first to a cloth before rubbing it on the leather.

The Chiffon Saree

Source: Priyanka Chopra Saree
Chiffon sarees are a popular choice for saree wearers as these sarees are comfortable to wear because of its soft, translucent and lightweight fabric. 

The saree's light fabric has made it a favorite dress among saree wearers living in tropical climates to wear on days when the temperature is high.

Chiffon sarees are created in numerous designs which make it ideal to be worn on different occasions.

Popular designs on chiffon sarees are the:
  • Bandhini prints
  • Gold metallic embroidery
  • Resham designs
  • Zardosi appliqu├ęs

What Is Chiffon

Chiffon is made of the following fibers: nylon, silk, cotton, rayon and polyester and since it’s a delicate fabric should be hand washed and not machine washed.

How to Wash a Chiffon Saree

A chiffon saree should be hand washed since this reduces the chances of it being ruined during washing. 

Take a large basin of water and fill it ¾ full with lukewarm water. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of baby laundry soap and ½ teaspoon of fabric softener in the water. Soak the saree in it for 2 minutes.

Place another basin under the tap and begin filling it water. Transfer the wet saree into the basin and wash the saree in the water. Gently squeeze out the water and hang to dry on a clothesline.

How To Iron a Chiffon Saree

When ironing a chiffon saree the iron should not be pressed hard on the fabric but done with gentle delicate strokes to prevent the fabric from stretching or tearing plus getting burnt.

It’s recommended a chiffon saree be dry ironed and not with steam since steam ironing can stain the saree.

After ironing your saree always place it on a padded hanger to keep it free from wrinkles.

Where To Buy Chiffon Sarees Online

It can be difficult to find a good website to buy sarees online since you’re unable to see the design of the fabric except from pictures online plus buying a saree online prevents you from getting a feel of the fabric and confirm whether it’s made of quality material or not.

Famous brands of sarees worth checking out are:
  • Satya Paul
  • Moh Manthan
  • Lalit Khatri
  • Fabdeal
  • Chhabra 555

When choosing a website selling sarees make sure it’s a reputed one and is a licensed saree store based in a country plus has been in business for sometime.

A few best places for saree shopping in India are:

In Delhi India - Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh, two popular markets that sell sarees at an affordable price.