Vintage 1960s Embroidered Straw Tote Large Summer Handbag Purse British Hong Kong


Brand Etsy

This is a vintage 1960s straw tote or large handbag that I believe was made in British Hong Kong. The front of the tote is embroidered with a raised straw scene consisting of a person amidst trees and plants, all rendered in bright colours of pink, purple yellow and green. The interior of the tote is one large compartment that is lined in cheesecloth - through the cheesecloth, you can see that whatever they used to line the straw is stamped Utility Bowl Co.Hong Kong. So, this was either made in Hong Kong or they used material from Hong Kong to make the purse. There is no closure, just twine at either side of the top that holds the tote closed, unless one pries it open. The tote measures 15 1/4 wide by 12 1/4 in height, exclusive of the handle which has a fall of 4, and has with a depth of 5 at the bottom. The purse is in very good condition with minor edge wear, typical of this type of straw tote and still very acceptable (see photos).
This is a fun straw tote - sure to be noticed!