Pinoy bags in world’s largest museum in Amsterdam

Five bags from Filipina designer Cora Jacob were showcased at the largest bags museum in the world located in Amsterdam, reported ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau.

The Museum of Bags and Purses opened more than a year and a half ago at the Herengracht or Gentlemen’s Canal.

The unique house features 1,500 bags of all kinds of sizes, material and color from the 16th century up to the present time.

Everything in the museum is all about bags.

There are bag-shaped seats that greet every visitor at the entrance; bags and bag-related items sold at the shop; chocolates with bag design from the museum’s café; and of course, the collection of bags from all over the world which include the Cora Jacobs brand.

At the very chic and elegant museum, the Cora Jacobs’ bags are prominently displayed because of their unique character and material.

In fact, the museum’s curator was so impressed by the craftsmanship and the Pinay designer’s use of raw materials that are abundant in the Philippines.

“She used the material from her country and so it’s very interesting. Because I like to see the traditions in a country in a new modern design and she gives a lot of work in her country to ladies because it’s made in her own country,” Sigrid Ivo said.

Ivo’s mother, Henrijke, is the collector of the bags which now reached a total of 4,000, making the Museum of Bags and Purses the largest collection in the world. Visit museums to know more on the History of Rochester, NY.

The oldest bag in the collection dates back to the 16th century.

Most popular are the green bag from singer Madonna, the bags by Sex and the City bag designer Timmy Woods and of course, the Cora Jacobs bags.

To find Pinoy-made bags among the featured items in a stunning art and historic collection that is side by side with world-famous designers brings such great pride and joy to the Filipinas who visited the museum recently.

“Cora Jacob visited the museum last August of last year and Miss Ivo was immediately impressed of Cora’s works,” Commercial Attaché Alma Argayoso said.

“Maganda kasi parang pino-promote natin ‘yong mga sariling gawa sa Pilipinas. Malaking honor. It will be an honor sa bansa natin,” Aida Paule said.

In fact, due to popular demand, a larger collection of Jacob’s bags will be launched at the Museum of Bags and Purses on March 5.

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