In former times, while men went out hunting for mammoth or sabertooth, women and children did less glamorous, but quite essential things to guarantee long term survival: They gathered.
Roots, herbs, berries, nuts, mushrooms…the whole lot. They collected, tested them, and prepared the useful stuff as food or for medicine.
So, even in case the men would come home exhausted, with no mammoth, sabertooth, turkey or even a rat dangling from their spears, the women would be perfectly all right.
They would nibble on a couple of sweet roasted chestnuts and stir a delicious pumpkin casserole, while indulging in a bit of gossip.
Men, being the way they are, would be very hungry, so a handful of chestnuts would not mean a thing. Luckily the women had developed a device that enabled them to gather and carry more than a handful. They called it a bag. That’s why women have bags and men are always hungry.
This is also, I’m convinced, why girls collect pretty leaves, hazelnuts and itty-bitty-tiny things during their lunch break at school, and boys throw stones and fight with sticks. Although some girls I know, do both (the collecting and the fighting/throwing).
Anyway: These are for Miss M. and Miss A. To stow away their yearly autumn collections. As I gather most of our food at the local farmer’s or super market, I had some spare time to add fiddles and bells from my own autumn collection. The bags are still prototypes but similar ones and/or their pattern will be for sale some time soon as well.