Black Velveteen Clutch Purse, 1940s
Made in India, this envelope style purse with embroidered flap shows a great example of gold thread embroidery called Zardozi. Gold thread embroidery reached its peak in India during the height of the Mughal Empire under the rule of Akbar the Great (1556- 1605). The imperial style of metal thread embroidery was revived in North India after they recived their independence in 1947. However, the threads used today are generally silver or gold colored copper.