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Miniaturization has been pursuit of engineers and designers for decades. trend to manufacture ever smaller products and devices has seen pocket-sized computers, mobile phones and motorbikes the size of backpack. The latest thing to be downsized is miniature handbag that is so small it can only be seen with aid of microscope. The New York-based art collective MSCHF has created microscopic Louis Vuitton-inspired handbag. The makers say their creation is "smaller than grain of sea salt and narrow enough to pass through the eye of needle". It measures 657 by 222 by 700 micrometres. It has also just been sold for $63,750 at online auction.

The neon-green miniature was made using high-tech manufacturing technique called two-photon polymerization. This technology uses 3D printers to make mechanical biotech components and devices like microfilters and micropumps. MSCHF utilized technology to see how small they could make handbag. Chief creative officer Kevin Wiesner told New York Times that he had not asked Louis Vuitton for permission to use its logo on handbag. He said: "We are big in 'ask for forgiveness, not permission' school of thought." He added: "I think bag is funny object because it derives from something rigorously functional, but it has basically become jewellery."

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