By Jean Leinhauser

No girl may have too many baggage to hold her stuffand no knitter or crocheter can ever have too many handbag styles! From most sensible needlework designers Rita Weiss and Jean Leinhauser come a hundred of the superior, in various sizes, kinds, and colours. they vary from a tiny amulet bag to put on as a necklace to a huge felted tote, and comprise backpacks, seashore luggage, and stylish night clutches. Theres a jeweled iPod case, a different carry-all for a yoga mat, and a standard string bag for a bottle of wine. And for that targeted baby: a handbag formed like a toy elephant or one thats a teddy endure! every one beneficial properties distinct directions and an impressive photograph of the completed venture.

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Si la forme est parfois plus fonctionnelle qu’esthétique – mais non pas toujours et il y aurait lieu d’expliquer tant de formes aberrantes – les dessins des étoffes, Soulier de femme Italie, XVIIe siècle Musée international de la Chaussure, Romans 32 33 les broderies, les incrustations, le choix des couleurs relèvent toujours étroitement de l’art caractéristique des pays où elle a été fabriquée. Son intérêt primordial vient de ce qu’elle n’est pas, comme les armes ou comme les instruments de musique, réservée à une caste, à un groupe social déterminé, Botte de mousquetaire France, XVIIe siècle Musée international de la Chaussure, Romans 34 35 qu’elle n’est pas, comme le tapis, le produit d’une ou deux civilisations seulement, qu’elle ne relève pas comme un objet « somptueux » de la classe riche, comme un objet « folklorique » de la classe pauvre.

Mules de femme France, vers 1789 Musée international de la Chaussure, Romans (collection Guillen) 50 51 Celles des dieux sont en or. Agamemnon, roi légendaire de Mycènes, protège ses jambes à l’aide de cnémides (jambières de bronze) retenues par des agrafes d’argent. Rome, héritière directe de la civilisation grecque, subit son influence. Aussi, les chaussures romaines diffèrent-elles peu des chaussures grecques. Chaussure de Marie-Antoinette Recueillie le 10 août 1792 Musée Carnavalet, Paris 52 53 La civilisation byzantine s’étend du Ve au XVe siècle.

Ces chaussures, à l’état d’ébauche, n’ont alors sans doute qu’une fonction utilitaire Le choix de la matière était largement déterminé par la capacité des matériaux utilisés à protéger les pieds contre la rudesse des conditions. Soulier de femme avec sa galoche de protection France, époque Louis XIV, XVIIe siècle Musée international de la Chaussure, Romans (dépôt du Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes de Cluny, Paris) 38 39 Ce n’est qu’à partir de l’Antiquité que la chaussure s’enrichira d’une dimension esthétique et ornementale, devenant ainsi un véritable révélateur de l’ordre social.

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