Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the 1980’s. The focus is on vintage textiles and tribal jewelry as well as new gemstone beads made for jewelry designers. Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to our shop there where you can see what is currently in stock.
Looking for bling? Big, jangley bling? Look no further! This is a huge vintage Kuchi pendant with dangles that jingle and jangle as you move around.
The central heart design was cut from a piece of nickel. Decorations include stamping, soldering, and glass jewels. The piece has a thin silver wash over it. Look at the photos carefully: there is one loop (bail) missing at the top and one dangle missing on the left side. This kind of ornament is also worn in the hair, on the sides of the head, holding a shawl in place.
The Pashtun are the largest ethnic majority of Afghanistan and the Kuchi are one of the nomadic subgroups. Their clothing tends to be bright and they like jewelry that has jingly baubles. Belly dancers love their flare and style!
Estimated age: 1970’s
Dimensions: 5″ wide x 5.75″ long (including dangles) Metric: 12.5 x 14.5 cm
Materials Used: base metal, glass beads
Afghanistan has been at the heart of the crossroads for the Silk Road for centuries. Nomads and generations of ethnic groups have thrived on trade and beautiful handicraft skills. Textiles, embroidery and carpet weaving continue to represent a plethora of skills that extend on into metal work, wood work, and ceramics. Designs reflect both the beauty of nature and life of spirit in choice of colors and fluidity of the design. Recommended reading: “Traditional Textiles of Central Asia” by Janet Harvey, a wonderful illustrated book on textiles from Afghanistan and the region.
Afghan Tribal Arts has been working with Afghan artists for more than 20 years. Handcarved semi-precious beads are the core focus of the business, but we also have a huge inventory of old and new textiles, carvings and metal work. Abdul Wardak, owner, travels a bead show route between Wisconsin and Florida. Wholesale inquiries are welcome.
Visit our shop on Etsy and check our shop here on Artizan Made as we will have different items in both shops. We combine shipping on purchases between both shops. Free shipping on all purchases over $100 in the US.
We are proud members of TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List.
Afghan Tribal Arts
Abdul Wardak of Afghan Tribal Arts Abdul Wardak has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the early 1980's. Beads carved from semi-precious stones are the core of the business, but Afghan Tribal Arts also has an extensive collection of tribal jewelry, textiles, carpets, and vintage functional crafts.