This is a 'quirky' bag, made of raffia, with a python skin strap and it is covered with brightly coloured pom poms in red, green, blue and yellow.
Where and how is it used?
I was not really sure, so I sought style advice online. The following could be a useful explanation: 'The embellishment is so fun for the season. You can use it to add a pop of color for a vacation or to bring some texture to your neutral outfits.'
What did you or someone else pay for it?
I did not buy this item. It costs £2550
Why do you want to add it to the museum?
I want to add this because I was reading a magazine this weekend and it told me that it was an 'essential' for my summer suitcase and 'don't go anywhere this summer without a pom-pom bag!' This made me laugh because it seemed so urgent about something so whimsical. When you realise these pom-pom bags cost thousands of pounds (there was a larger, even more expensive version that has sold out) it seems as though for some people this urgent tone is compelling. And yet the whole appeal (if there is any), of this bag must be its casual humour, its sense of home made arts and crafts, its frivolous summer inconsequentiality. This contemporary commodity is a malignant simulacrum of carefree, creative living.
How was it made?
Is made in a factory
Is produced by local cottage industry
Is made to particular specifications
Is craft / hand-made
Is a service
Materials & Making
Who made or produced your commodity?
Dolce & Gabbana
Who was paid to make it?
Italian artisans, or so they say
What skills does it take to make it?
crochet, pom-pom making
Where was it made?
What does it cost to make it?
Not what it costs to buy it
What is it made from?
crochet to form bag
Buying & Owning
Who decides how much it costs?
Dolce & Gabbana
Who or what assesses its quality?
Where is it sold?
online or in certain shops
Who or what sells it?
I think you can get it from Browns, or order online from the brand
How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?
I didn't buy it
Where is it used?
In expensive holiday resorts
Where is it kept?
In expensive houses, in walk in wardrobes, I presume
How and by whom is it cared for?
How long will it last?
Where will it go when it's finished with?
To the posh pawnbroker
What is it worth?
How do you and others value this commodity?
See the values contributed by visitors and those of the donor. And add your own values to this commodity.
|Total times valued||1|
|Controversy||94 (0 = most controversial)|
What do these numbers mean?
This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.
Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?
Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.
(Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)
The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.
Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
(Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued
Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.
How do you value this commodity?To add your own values click VALUE THIS COMMODITY and move the sliders left and right to add your own values - then click SUBMIT
Questions and answers
Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses of this commodity by answering this MoCC curator's questions.