Armenian embroidery "Folk handicraft" purse; Denison House, Boston,

Armenian embroidery "Folk handicraft" purse; Denison House, Boston,

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Armenian embroidery "Folk handicraft" purse; Denison House, Boston. A drawstring bag with Armenian Marash Embroidery, four Armenian needlelace flowers (oya) two on bottom and one one each side, drawstring crocheted, worked by Armenian women at Denison House in Boston, MA.
With the purse is an Ink-inscribed paper note: worked by Armenian women at Denison House, Boston Mass.
Printed and inked paper label: Printed - "Per Pane e Macere" arched over a printed shell./ THE FOLK HANDICRAFTS / Denison House / 93 Tyler St. , Boston, Mass / D / No. (Inked: G - 7050 / Price (Inked: 4.75).
Paper price tag Inked - (/) 7050 / 4.75
Denison House was a settlement house run by women, founded in 1892 as part of the College Settlements Associaiton, a Wellesley College alumni-based group. It was modelled on Jane Addams Hull House, to provide social services and education to local residents, mostly poor, and mostly recent immigrants. An exhibition of handicraft made at Denison House, exhibited at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art in 1917, included "the work of Italian, Syrian, Greek and Armenian craftsmen and craftswomen, in silver, leather, linen, silk embroideries, etc., from old designs copied in part from treasure pieces in palaces, museums and private collections in Europe and America." (cited in Wikipedia)
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Object Name
date made
ca. 1917?
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Associated Place
United States: Massachusetts, Lowell
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
overall: 13 5/8 in x 10 1/8 in; 34.6075 cm x 25.7175 cm
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accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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