Natural materials and imitations

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries people longed for nature and the idyll of life in the country. Thus, plant-based materials in fashion accessories became the rage. One example is the reticule made of aloe fibre, now part of the Ivo Collection. Purses and wallets were often made of or decorated with natural products such as straw, reed, raffia and wood. For that purpose straw, for example, was split, then pressed flat and applied on the wooden, leather, textile or cardboard surface. In the 20th century, purses were plaited with straw, raffia, bamboo and other natural materials. These purses were quite fashionable at the time, and in the 1950s imitation bamboo and straw purses were in demand.