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┬ęThe Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa

Reticule

c. 1800-England

Material: 
Yellow and green silk knit; pineapple shape with trimming of silver beads and tassels.
Dimension: 
14cm / 9.5cm

This small bag, called "reticule" at that time was elaborately and three-dimensionally knitted into the shape of a pineapple. Motifs of pineapples and other exotic articles associated with the tropics became popular because of the influence of Napoleon Bonaparte's wife Jos├ęphine, the then fashion leader, who was from the Island of Martinique.
"Reticules" usually mean women's small bags with a strap. From the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century dresses became thinner and their designs changed to the Empire style. As a result, pockets that had previously been made inside dresses vanished, and a handbag was needed.

Inventory Number(s): AC4411 83-1-3