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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.
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Object Name
date made
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 6 in; 12.7 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mabel Rose Vogel
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, General
Cultures & Communities
Japanese American Internment Era
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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