Here you can see a purse that looks very much like a period purse. It was a style worn by both men and women. It opens at the top. I used two silver bracelets that were "u" shaped in cross section, one for the bag and one for the top. I added the black silk embrodery on white silk to the bracelet with a metal (coat hanger) ring that was bent into a circle. It was just the right size to fit inside the "u" shaped channel in the bracelet and spring back tight enought to hold the silk. I used the same method for the bag. Something like an embroidery hoop.