Handbag. O bag is an instrument whose main function is to transport a reduced number of frequently used objects, such as wallets, purses, keys, documents or the like, feminine and masculine beauty utensils (makeup, lipstick, etc.), combs, cigarettes etc. It can have different shapes and sizes, and it can also be made of a plurality of materials (for example, leather, plastic or fabric); These elements depend, to a great extent, on the fashions and art existing in a place.


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  • 1 Semantics
  • 2 History
  • 3 Etymology
  • 4 kinds of bags
    • 1 Necessary Bags
  • 5 Source
  • 6 External Link


In Argentina the noun purse designates a large bag used as a suitcase (in Spain , a travel bag).

In Spain the word purse is used to refer to the handbag with two handles used by women (in Argentina, wallet).

In Peru, handbag refers to the handbag, made of fabric and lengthened towards the bottom with long or medium handles, with free themes and bright colors, used by any woman casually; while the wallet is the handbag elongated to the sides, made of leather and with medium or short handles, in dark tones such as black or brown, used by professionals at work.

In Uruguay Diminutive of Bolsilludo. Nickname used for supporters of the National Football Club . The club began to be nicknamed this way by virtue of the pocket in his jacket. Over time, especially in the last decades of the 20th century, the term pocket-sized was simplified into Bag, this being the best-known nickname for the club and its fans.


It is unknown exactly when the bags exist since there have been no historical references that accurately reflect the date of their creation. However, it can be affirmed that similar instruments were used in prehistory. All this is deduced from some cave paintings found in which drawings of female figures carrying objects similar to bags can be seen. It is believed that it was possible that the nomadic man had developed the bag to be able to transport the food he hunted or collected during his movements; using for it the skin of the animals that it consumed.

The term “handbag” began to be used in the early 1900s and referred to the handbags used by men, a briefcase type. These became an inspiration for new bags that popularized the feminine gender, including bags with complicated closing mechanisms, interior compartments and handles. Thus, the jewelers also contributed theirs, adding compartments for opera glasses, cosmetics and fans. Since then, the bag has become an important element for everyday life due to its great utility. Thus, in the Bible we can find it quoted in the Book of Isaiah chapter 3:18 (approximately from the year 750 BC) that says:

The twenties brought a revolution in terms of clothing in general, with the shapes of the necklines and the length of the skirts, and bags did not necessarily have to match what they were wearing. Interestingly, the ladies of the lineage had dolls with dresses exactly the same as theirs and replicas of each accessory, including bags, hats and shoes. In the 1940s a new austerity in dress came with the arrival of war and the idea of ​​saving in mind. Metal frames, mirrors, zippers, and leather were hard to find, so manufacturers started using wood and plastic .

In the 1950s, the first major designer houses began to emerge, including Channel, Vuitton and Hermes, and already in the 1960s, the classic and mature style was left behind to give the bag a more youthful and casual image.

In any case, my bags are of all kinds: expensive, cheap, beautiful, ugly, new, old, worn, impeccable, colorful, classic, practical, impractical, large, small, backpacks, wallets, comfortable, uncomfortable … I guess that we each have our tastes and pa ‘taste the colors. I hope I have not bored you too much.

As they say, copying is the most sincere way of admiration, for which brands such as Kate Spade, Hermes, Gucci, Coach and Dior have been widely copied in designs and counterfeited around the world, a typical example can be seen on any street. from New York’s Chinatown .

On that day the Lord will remove the ornaments from the ankles, the diadems, the lunettes, the earrings, the bracelets, the veils, the ornaments of the head, the ornaments of the feet, the ribbons, the perfume bottles, the amulets, rings, nose jewelry, festive clothing, cloaks, scarves, handbags, mirrors, underwear, turbans, and mantillas.

Saddlebags are closely related to bags since they are the predecessors of these. Saddlebags differ in that they were short, wide, square-shaped cloth sacks that were used to transport pottery, food, and heavy objects.


In Spanish, purse derives from the word bag which, in turn, comes from the Latin (bursa) which, in turn, comes from the Greek βυρσα / byrsa (See: RAE) WKJERF´LKEWR´5K´34R _. {F3´4

Kinds of bags

  • Shoulder bag (improper use): Bag that includes a strip of fabric (or other material) from one end to the other and that is carried hanging from the body crosswise, passing the chest and back strap from one shoulder to the opposite hip.
  • Handbag: It is the most frequent. It refers to the one with handles and is used regularly to carry frequently used objects.
  • Travel Bag, Travel Bag or Bag: Large size bag used for traveling. It is used to transport shirts, pants, shoes, etc.
  • Carriel: Male leather bag in the Colombian paisa region since the times of colonization.
  • Portfolio (Spain): Made of leather or fabric, it is used by schoolchildren to transport books and the like.
  • Purse: Purse of reduced dimensions whose purpose is to store coins (image: Purse made with a Bufo marinus).
  • Duffel Bag: High, round bag used to transport personal belongings. Normally used by the military.
  • Fanny pack: Small rectangular bag with two strips of fabric at each end that are fastened around the waist, being located in the lower back (at the level of the kidneys). Originally, it was used by cyclists.
  • Vade or Portfolio: Bag designed for the transport of folios and documents normally made of leather. It is similar to a folder.

Necessary Bags

1-, For Mom

  • A t-shirt for childbirth (cotton dress that reaches the tail)
  • A postpartum nightgown that makes it easier to breastfeed
  • Three tall cotton pants
  • One pack of postpartum dressings and 2 adult diapers (have prepared for after delivery)
  • A girdle (if caesarean)
  • Personal items (shampoo, cream rinse, brush and toothpaste, comb or brush)
  • Slippers
  • Breast protectors (optional)
  • Photo camera and camcorder (optional)
  • Clothes “pregnant” to withdraw from the sanatorium
  • Documents (related to social work, DNI, previous analysis) consult in advance.
  • Mineral water

2-, For baby


  • A pack of diapers (depending on approximate baby size)
  • Three little frogs (cotton pants with little feet)
  • Three cotton shirts (batitas)
  • Two bodysuits (optional)
  • Three little ones with feet or pajamas
  • Two thick bears (polar, plush, towel)
  • Two cotton hats and one warm
  • A wool blanket or fleece blanket
  • Two pairs of stockings
  • Two pairs of booties
  • White receiving blanket
  • Babita (small towel) or bibs
  • Changer
  • Chalky oil or unscented wet wipes

(For newborn)

  • Alcohol and gauze (to clean the navel)
  • Coat to remove it from maternity (astronaut suit, Kangurito or porta enfant).
  • Soft nail file (for the first month)


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