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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Atoni Small Shoulder Bag 2

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

AUD$60.00

Atoni Small Shoulder Bag 3

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

AUD$60.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 44

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

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 56

An very nice large bag made from Kantha sides and high quality Khaarek, Jat and Kutchi embroidery an..

AUD$200.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 61

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

AUD$100.00

Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 6

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

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 50

A beautiful large  shoulder bag or carry bag made from Banjara material with the addition of a ..

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 33 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 33

Good colourful bag made up from several pieces of vintage Pakistani and Gujarati embroidery in quite..

AUD$200.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 52

A small shoulder bag of gold, silver and red thread embroidery called zardozi, adorned with pom-poms..

AUD$100.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 34

A carry bag or tote that is made from Jat embroidery. The Jats are Muslim herders from the north and..

AUD$150.00

Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 8

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

AUD$120.00

Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 2

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

AUD$100.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 32

A small shoulder bag that is made from several pieces of embroidery from Gujarat. Predominantly blac..

AUD$90.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 35

A carry bag or tote that is made from Jat embroidery. The Jats are Muslim herders from the north and..

AUD$150.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 24

Round shaped shoulder bag made from pieces of old Gujarat textile, adorned with various cowrie shell..

AUD$90.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 15 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 15

Another beautiful bag made from pieces of traditional Gujarati embroidery. Opens with a zip and has ..

AUD$150.00

Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 12

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

AUD$120.00

Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 13

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

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 31

A small shoulder bag that is made from several pieces of embroidery from Gujarat. Predominantly blac..

AUD$90.00

Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 7

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

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 28

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

AUD$120.00

Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 1

This 'rumal' (old pot cover) has been used to make a small shoulder bag which has a zipped pocket on..

AUD$100.00

Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 10

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

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 23 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 23

A fantastic round shaped shoulder bag made from pieces of old Gujarat textile. Opens with a zip and ..

AUD$90.00

Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 3

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

AUD$125.00

Old Banjarra Textile Shoulder Bag 5

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

AUD$60.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 14

Shoulder bag made from pieces of old Gujarat textile, from Saurashtra. Opens with a zip and has a si..

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 30

This small bag is made  from old Banjarra material. The bag is lined in black cotton and has on..

AUD$90.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 12 Sold

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 12

A round shaped shoulder bag made from beautifully embroidered material, adorned with mirrors, bead..

AUD$120.00

Rajasthan Embroidered Bag 29

This small bag is made from two different types of textile. The back and sides are made from old Ban..

AUD$90.00