How did purses and ladies handbags evolve?Since the time people started having their personal belongings, they have tried to develop something where they can keep their own small belongings safely, especially at the time of travel. From this necessity, pouches made of fabric came into existence. Both males and females started using pouches. They used to keep these pouches inside their dresses. The purses made from leather or fur were developed later, most probably during the thirteenth century.
The present form of ladies handbags came into existence much later, during the nineteenth century. Shoulder bags were introduced very recently, during the Second Wrld War.
Nowadays some ladies handbags cost more than 1.4 million US dollars (don't get excited)! Some purses cost more than Rs. 3,000/- in India. While purchasing these items, does anyone imagine about the humble beginning of purses and handbags?