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  • Place of origin:

    Sweden (made)

  • Date:

    1861 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool felt applique on leather, silk thread embroidery, printed calico lining and woven band

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Flat bag with blossom pattern and initials K H D and date cut out of green and red felt, applied on to chamois. Yellow, green and white silk thread stitching/embroidery. Decoration at the front opening of bag has green and red wool yarn 'interwoven' in check pattern with leather strips. The bag is backed with leather and top inner back lined with red printed calico. The waist band woven in red on possibly cream cotton so as to give reverse rendering of a repeating pattern of angular form and spots on either side (woven on a 'bandgrind'). Three pompoms of silk yarn, silk, cotton fabrics and net embellish the bottom of the bag.

Place of Origin

Sweden (made)


1861 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wool felt applique on leather, silk thread embroidery, printed calico lining and woven band

Marks and inscriptions

'K H D'
1) Signature; Swedish; Front on bag, each side; Applied work; 1861


Width: 24.4 cm, Length: 22 cm

Object history note

The flat bag, called "kjolväska" (skirt bag) in Swedish, belongs to the folk dress of the parish Rättvik in the province of Dalarna (Dalecarlia).

Descriptive line

Wool felt applique on leather with silk embroidery and calico lining with woven band, Rättvik, Dalecarlia, Sweden 1861

Production Note

Made by peasant, probably 'KHD', in Rättvik, Dalarna (Dalecarlia)


Felt; Leather; Silk thread; Calico; Wool


Applique; Embroidery; Printing; Hand weaving


Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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