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The original Gucci Bamboo bag was a small constructed handbag crafted in pigskin with a curved bamboo handle. First created in 1947, the design rose to fame as an example of the expertise of Gucci’s craftsmen, who found inventive solutions to war-time rationing of materials. As bamboo cane could still be imported from Japan, they heated and bent it into a semi-circle to make a decorative handle for the bag. The design, innovative and distinctive, was an instant hit. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the Gucci Bamboo bag was worn by countless international celebrities, sealing its future fate as one of Gucci’s most beloved and successful handbag creations.