Antique armadillo skin basket
This is an old basket made from the preserved skin of an armadillo. I am not sure of the age of this, but it must be early 20th century when these items were still fashionable. As you can see from the photos, the head and tail form the handle whilst the body forms the basket. This may have been used as a sewing basket.
18cm long and 19cm wide. It is in very good condition and is still hairy! The lining of the bag seems to be some sort of silk with drawstrings to close it. Due to changing fashions and tastes over the last century these are now a scarce item. Very Retro chic.