A Bag Full of Holes That Was Very Popular in Soviet Russia

A Bag Full of Holes That Was Very Popular in Soviet Russia


At first sight, this is a formless skein of thread, but as soon as you put something in it, it miraculously transforms into a bag. Half a century ago, every citizen of our country had a string-bag in a briefcase or a purse. -Simeon Semenych, what’s with you? The string-bag is the flesh and blood of a socialist society. The bag full of holes demonstrated transparency of intentions. Everybody saw what you bought. Although, when a buyer would get something scarce, a string-bag allowed them to show off without saying a word. -Svetlana Afanasyevna, take a bag! As with many Soviet household items, the string-bag had plenty of alternative uses: in summer, it was used to catch crabs, and in winter, to store garlic and onions. In the absence of a refrigerator, perishable foods would be hung out in a string bag. The string-bag was invented according to the principle: “necessity is the mother of invention.” In the 19th century, Polish entrepreneur Kurchil was producing hairnets. But the fashion changed, women started to bob, and hairnets became obsolete. That’s when Kurchil attached handles to it. The result was a practical bag. The string-bag’s name is considered as coming from Arkady Raikin. In the 1930s, in one of the monologues, he mentioned: “It’s a string-bag. Maybe I could carry something in it!” Back them, products were bought using cards. So there was no certainty of getting something edible. During the times of extreme scarcity during Perestroika, when people didn’t count even on “maybe”, people almost renamed the string-bag the “nihrenas’ka”. The string-bag had another function – social. Weaving 14 rows, 24 cells, is not a hard work. In the Soviet Union, it was done by the blind and visually impaired. Conscientous consumption of natural resources, which is gradually coming into fashion, may regain the string-bag’s popularity. The bag that before was used in every family in all ways possible, is “our everything!”

15 Comments on "A Bag Full of Holes That Was Very Popular in Soviet Russia"


  1. real fruit not gm foods go organic live healthy even if it costs more live longer life gm kills

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  2. Those String bags were also common in Switzerland (and I think) all over Europe until Plastic Bags were given (for free) to the Customers in the Shops. I liked those bags very much, very practical they were.

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