Carried Away

Bags Unpacked

Auckland Museum


The bag, and the handbag in particular, has achieved high fashion status, but what's the cultural and historical significance behind the bag? Why do we use them and not just have pockets? Why don't men routinely use them? Does every culture have a tradition of using bags?

Carried Away: Bags Unpacked is a collection of 150 bags from The Auckland Museum's archive of key makers and designers from New Zealand and abroad, and this book serves as both a photographic record and an exploration of the symbolism and power behind bags. The book unpacks issues carried by the bag: of colonialism, the economy, consumption, gender politics and whakapapa. Issues that remain relevant to not only museums and their collections but also to society today.


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    210 x 155mm
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    Allen & Unwin
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