Purses of the Past at Beaulne

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Coat­i­cook

TheBeaulne Mu­seum of Coat­i­cook is pleased to present «Retic­ule, You Know?» an ex­hi­bi­tion achieved through the col­lec­tion of retic­ules be­long­ing to the Mu­seum. The ex­hi­bi­tion, which be­gins April 3, will con­tinue un­til Oc­to­ber 30, 2011. The pub­lic is cor­dially in­vited to come for a visit.

The word “retic­ule” is no longer in use. It means sim­ply a small purse that has the par­tic­u­lar fea­ture of be­ing made with net­ted fab­ric. The hand­bag, a cos­tume ac­ces­sory that is es­sen­tially fem­i­nine, has sur­vived for cen­turies in var­i­ous forms de­pend­ing on his­tor­i­cal con­text, cre­ative inspiration, and above all con­sumer needs. Thus from the Mid­dle Ages to the early 21st cen­tury, var­i­ous types of hand­bags, in­clud­ing the retic­ules have played a spe­cific role in the dress codes. More­over, since the retic­ule is closely linked to the body, its con­tent, and es­pe­cially its shape re­veal as­pects of per­son­al­ity, which cre­ate a con­nec­tion with other fields of knowl­edge.

This ex­hi­bi­tion of forty ar­ti­facts pro­vides a quick over­view of the sub­ject through ob­jects be­long­ing to the col­lec­tive mem­ory.

The Min­istry of Cul­ture, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the Sta­tus of Women, and the City of Coat­i­cook sup­port the Beaulne Mu­seum of Coat­i­cook fi­nan­cially. In­for­ma­tion: 819-849-6560 Retic­ules are very small purses that were pop­u­lar in the last cen­tury.

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