Antique Bags

Bags made from antique, valuable textiles - occasionally the bag itself might be old, but mostly they are made from antique textiles.

For Indian bags the material is generally Gujarti, sometime from rural Rajasthan. From areas like Kutch, Saurashtra,  Barmer, Sind, made by women from various castes such as Ribari shepherds, Meghwal leather workers, Mahajan merchants, Kathi landowners, Kanbi farmers, Ahir herders and many more. Traditionally made as dowry they were significant pieces of work, prized for their quality.

For Hill Tribe bags they will be made by one of the six main tribes or one of their subgroups.

There are also some bags made from real Indian Banjarra pieces of textile. These bags were originally dowry bags and were used to keep jewelry or other artifacts that became part of the dowry given by the bride to her new family. We have added a strap to each one so they can be shoulder bags. These old Bajarra dowry bags are getting to be very rare now and the prices have escalated very sharply in the last few years.

The original embroidery can be 30 to 60 or more years old. The use of vintage fabrics means that there may be slight imperfections…this only adds to the character of the bag, making it even more unique. It is part of their charm.

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Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 4

These bags started life as dowry bags and we have added a simple strap to make each one a shoulder b..

AUD$125.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 66

A beautiful, deep  carry or shoulder bag that is a riot of embroidery. Made from several differ..

AUD$250.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 27

Shoulder/carry bag made from pieces of old Gujarat textile. Opens with a zip and has two internals..

AUD$130.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 3 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 3

A stunning bag made from genuine Indian Banjarra embroidered fabric and old pieces of mirrorwork fro..

AUD$250.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 49

A stunning bag made from embroidery done by Muslim herders from Thar Parkar in Sind province in Paki..

AUD$150.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 48

A very colourful bag made from embroidery in a style typical of north-eastern Baluchistan in Pakista..

AUD$150.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 51

Round bottom bag with superb quality embroidery. The back and sides are made from good quality heavy..

AUD$200.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 65

A beautiful, deep shoulder bag that is a riot of embroidery. Made from several different styles of e..

AUD$250.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 68

A beautiful, deep carry bag/tote/shoulder bag that is a riot of embroidery. Made from two different ..

AUD$150.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 59

A small shoulder bag or clutch with a green base covered with Rabari chain stitched embroidery and s..

AUD$125.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 58

A beautiful shoulder bag or clutch with a white base covered with gorgeous embroidery that has been ..

AUD$125.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 41

A really spectacular bag of gold, silver and red thread embroidery, adorned with glass "gems", beads..

AUD$250.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 60

A gorgeous small carry bag of several different styles of indian tribal embroidery. The main piece i..

AUD$175.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 57 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 57

A truly beautiful shoulder bag or clutch. Made from very old embroidery from Gujarat in India, proba..

AUD$125.00

Atoni Small Shoulder Bag 1

A beautiful small shoulder bag/purse that was originally a man’s betel nut bag or Saku (Indonesian) ..

AUD$60.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 53

A small shoulder bag of red and gold thread embroidery called zardozi, adorned with coins. Opens wit..

AUD$100.00

Jaisalmer Large Clutch 6

A large clutch bag (could be used as an iPad bag) made from old Dhebaria Rebari embroidery from Kach..

AUD$150.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 22 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 22

A really stunning bag of gold and silver thread embroidery, adorned with cowrie shells, beads and ta..

AUD$150.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 62 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 62

A really stunning small carry bag of gold and silver thread embroidery called zardozi. Opens with a ..

AUD$100.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 67

A really stunning bag of gold and silver thread embroidery called zardozi, adorned with beads and ta..

AUD$200.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 64

An excellent medium sized bag with leather corners, and edging. Made from several different styles o..

AUD$250.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 40

A gorgeous bag made from embroidery done by women from the Meghwal leather worker caste in Sind, Pak..

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 47

A real beauty - fantastic silver thread embroidery and wonderful pink "heer" (floss) silk embroidery..

AUD$150.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 42 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 42

A really large and spectacular bag of gold and silver thread embroidery, adorned with glass "gems", ..

AUD$250.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 36

A carry bag or tote that is made from embroidery from two different places - some done by Dhebaria R..

AUD$150.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 43 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 43

A more subdued colour palette has been used in this bag - pale pink, white, light brown, olive green..

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 54

A small shoulder bag of gold and  silver thread embroidery called zardozi. Has a flap that reve..

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 25 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 25

Shoulder bag made from pieces of old Gujarat textile, adorned with various cowrie shells, beads an..

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 55

A really stunning bag of gold and silver thread embroidery called zardozi, adorned with beads and ta..

AUD$200.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 45

Another very colourful bag - a great carry bag. It is made from Dhebaria Rabari embroidery in two di..

AUD$120.00