As April 23 marks World Book Day, it’s time to put aside your smart phone and open a book.
Cheaper and lighter, digital books have become many people’s choices in the present day. Yet the touch and smell of a paper copy can be irreplaceable.
For lovers of paper books, a nice, strong bag is a must-have.
Among the ways to carry books in ancient China, there was a kind of bamboo box.
Xuan Zang, a noted Buddhist monk from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), carried such a box during his journey to India.
Similar box to carry books also appeared in the 1987 film, A Chinese Ghost Story, a remake of the 1960 original movie with the same title.
Compared to the ancients, modern people have more choices to carry books. School bags that look like suitcases are pretty popular among elementary school students in China.
If you see a little girl pulling a bright pink suitcase printed with cartoon characters on the street in the morning, don’t be misled by her bag.
She is not going on vacation alone; she is just on her way to school.
Such a school bag seems a bit of an exaggeration, yet can ease the burden on young children’s shoulders from carrying heavy text books.
Bags for adults to carry books are assorted, and some are even like a book itself.
French designer Olympia Le-Tan created a series of clutch bags that have the very look of classic book facsimiles in 2009.
The clutches won the love of many celebrities and fashion pioneers, appearing on the red carpet and high street.
And jane bags by Gabriela Hearst shone at the 2018 autumn winter fashion shows. The special shape of the new designs was inspired by the pages of an open book.
Despite the colorful bags, the books in them are more important.