Tiny orange chain stitching on purple silk with beaded trim make this vintage tribal embroidered wedding saddle cover a collector’s dream! Pashtun, 1950’s.
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.
The Katawaz embroidery is known as Zazi in Afghanistan and comes from the South Eastern part of the country. The vintage tribal embroidered wedding saddle cover is part of the bride’s dowry, a masterful work of art. The textile might have been made by the bride, by another woman in the family, or it could have been handed down from generation to generation.
Estimated age: 1950’s
Specifics on this piece: Silk on silk.
Tiny embroidered stitching defines the pattern: layered rectangles frame a central geometric design divided into four segments. The background color is a deep purple, with a majority of pumpkin orange top stitching, accented with small amounts of indigo, red, and teal stitching. The stitching is gorgeous, tiny and even! Edges are decorated with olive twisted threads that end in glass seed beads. Backing material is red cotton.
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.
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.
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Cancellation / Return / Exchange Policy
Afghan Tribal Arts accepts returns on any products purchased through its Etsy shop or here on Artizan Made, no questions asked. We want you to be happy with what you get! Returns must be made within 14 days of purchase unless agreed upon otherwise.
Hungarian artist, Era Hódi, enjoys creating home decor textiles and boho fashion wear using different techniques. The lace crochet top line is feminine and versatile. Visit her shop on Etsy for more crocheted garments and accessories and other works.
Afghanistan is rich in minerals, giving artisans a vibrant industry in creating natural and handcut gemstone beads: jade, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and more! Most of our customers are jewelry artists who break the strands to incorporate into their own work, but most of the strands can also be worn as necklaces.