Vintage tribal Turkman child’s vest.
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.
This vintage tribal vest is a variation on a traditional ceremonial vest a Turkman child would wear. The metal (base) pieces are stamped and cut out, all completely done by hand and are considered to be protective against the evil eye. Front and back are heavily adorned. Beaded elements add quite a bit of weight to the piece, along with the cowrie shells. This piece looks great as art!
Dimensions: 13″ wide at the top (33 cm) 18″ long (45.7 cm) 14″ wide at the waist (35.5 cm)
Age: Estimated 1950’s
Materials Used: metal findings, cowrie shells, fabric, thread, glass seed beads
Fabrics are a variety of quality and value, salvaged from other pieces: velvet, corduroy, polyester and cotton. The inside is a creamy poly blend. Big rough stitches on the inside show where objects have been sewn on the front and back. Although the neckline and sides are turned in nicely, the bottom remains unfinished.
The last photo is a vintage one of Turkmen women, same type of metal work in their outfits.
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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.
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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.