Totes came from the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East. They were known as "süllü" or "sultan's bag." Sultans, governors, and officials carried them to display their status. Natzon Mutlu designed the first tote bag for an Indian queen in 1894. It was made of cowhide and was painted with different flowers and birds. It was called "Queen's Hand Bag" because men similarly carried these bags, hanging them on their shoulders.