Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Serendipity Handbag

Serendipity, Handbag, 8.5" x 9" x 4"
© 2009 Fannie Narte

Close-up of free-motion stitching on front of handbag--Serendipity.

The colors and the geometric design in this fabric reminds me of tapa cloth, which is a bark cloth made from the Paper Mulberry tree.

In ancient times, the Pacific Islanders used the tapa cloth as decorations, floor mats, blankets and clothing. In certain Polynesian cultures, the tapa cloth is a symbol of wealth and social status. Although the making of the tapa cloth as in ancient times can be found among certain Polynesian cultures today, modern technology makes these geometric designs available in fabric, which gives garment designers and fiber artists exciting options for creativity.

This purse is four inches deep, leaving lots of room for personal items, and a journal or sketchbook and pens.

A close-up of the free-motion stitching on the back of the handbag--Prepare for Opportunities.

Aloha,

7 comments:

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi fannie!
oh my goodness!

i love it! you are amazing!

xoxox
melissa

NANCY LEFKO said...

Oh my gosh !!! Gorgeous bag !!!

Lorraine said...

this is a great bag..got your journal today..great art and thanks for the free card!

kiwicarole said...

Very impressive! It does so much look like tapa cloth! (we have a large one hanging on our wall)Just beautiful Fannie! ;D

Sherry said...

Fannie, this is splendid! Thanks, too, for the history. Simply awesome!

Jacq said...

Another beautiful bag. I love all the stitching on it.

TextileTraveler said...

Wow, awesome bag!