I have two of my bags to show you and they really are stunning pieces.
Because of the nature of beadwork motifs tend to be geometric and angular, so everything appears very stylised.
The double headed eagle appears in many cultures , Asia, Russia and various other countries. However I believe this one is Gandeberunda from Hindu mythology. Mostly used in Mysore, South West India, it is depicted in many Hindu temples and is a design element used throughout the area.
The Union flag appeared on the Indian flag in the early years of the 20th century and was an element used in much of the design work before the Independence of Indian.
The eight pointed star again appears in many cultures and generally means peace. Flowers and leaves are also worked into the design.
The back of the bag was what initially confused me as it has reindeers and geese on. Reindeers in Indian did not seem to fit ?
The inside of the envelope bag is lined with an embossed blue and white leather with a linen lining on the flap.
Note the tassel fringing and the amazing handle.
The second bag today is a later antique piece probably made in the 1950s.
White and coloured glass beads and pearls on a base silk red velvet. Feels like card or stiff buckram inside the covering.
Blue, red and green glass beads with padded stump work bodies.
The inside is lined with cerise silk. The handle is a simple rolled velvet tube with attached pearls.