According to Pacific artist Rosanna Raymond this “Tongan handbag reflects modern innovation from traditional basket-making and plaiting or rope making techniques. This style has gone out of fashion but you still see them being made today, this is a great example which would have been made for the tourist trade but no doubt the locals would have loved it as well, it is very well constructed and made from pandanus.”

Object Summary

Museum Number 11/1983
Simple Name bag
Full Name handbag
Common Name bag
Production country Tonga
Material pandanus fibre; bark cloth; pigment
Collection class Clothing and accessories
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region POLYN
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1983
Function name handbag