Many Japanese American internees typically made their own clothing in the camps. Sewing was a prized skill that created and strengthened community bonds. People who had this ability mended old clothing and created new pieces for fellow camp detainees. This purse was sewn using one piece of cloth and oil wicks.

Date Made: 1943-1945

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Mabel Rose Vogel

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.3144.03Nonaccession Number: 1986.3144Catalog Number: 1986.3144.03

Object Name: purse

Physical Description: cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 in x 6 in; 12.7 cm x 15.24 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-c5b7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1295262

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