Pom pom bag

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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 farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

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?

Italy

What does it cost to make it?

Not what it costs to buy it

What is it made from?

1. raffia:

crochet to form bag

2. wool:

pom poms

3. snakeskin:

the straps

4. metal:

chain links

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Dolce & Gabbana

Who or what assesses its quality?

Fashion buyers

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?

Fashionistas

How long will it last?

One summer

Where will it go when it's finished with?

To the posh pawnbroker

What is it worth?

£30


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 valued1
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Negative (↓)Price
Overall Positive30
Overall Negative-158
Controversy94 (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.

  • Controversy Score:
    (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
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Questions and answers

Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses of this commodity by answering this MoCC curator's questions.

Question: Would you rather spend a sunday afternoon stitching pom poms to a beach bag, or would you rather work for 255 hours to buy this one?

Answers:

No answers given...yet.

Question: Can you buy a carefree summer day?

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No answers given...yet.

Question: What is the meaning of a pom pom?

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No answers given...yet.

Question: Who are the Italian pom pom makers and what did they get paid?

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No answers given...yet.

Conversation

Do you have questions about how this commodity is valued? Or want to talk about your own values in relation to it? Share your comments.

"Python skin" aside, no great deal of damage ought to be caused this bag per se. Given the tiny value added to the bag in production, effectively it's money changing from one rich person to another rich person, so why should anyone care?

Because that kind of statement is the middle finger to anybody suspecting that our ways of valuing people's contributions to humankind are perverse. What's more, many of those sticking up their polished fingers probably relish the gesture. No reasoning to be done with them:-)

by v müller on November 7th at 2:54pm

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