Saturday, February 28, 2009

Visit to Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam

So far I have no more weaving to show but yesterday I went to Amsterdam for a visit with my Weaving Guild to Tassenmuseum Hendrikje. This is a very interesting museum. It was started by Hendrikje Ivo finding an antique bag more than 20 years ago. That was the start of this collection. She was hooked after buying that first bag. The collection grew and was first shown in her own house in Amstelveen for about 10 years but it became to big a collection to continue there. A very generous sponsor has bought this fantastic house on the Herengracht in Amsterdam, so the museum was able to move about 18 months ago. I can highly recommend this museum for a visit if you ever happen to be in Amsterdam as it gives a good impression of the development of the bag from the 16th century to present day. The building is renovated to a very high standard and the collection presented in a very tasteful way. The collection is spread out over several floors (good access with lift too) and one room is reserved for temporary exhibitions. We found the tail end of "Evening Bags" (today the last day). We had a guided tour and that is well worth it to learn not only the interesting history of the collection but history in general through the bags. We finished the visit with a lunch which is also highly recommend.

I also made a visit to Shirdak with some of the group, which is another interesting place to visit in Amsterdam.

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