Afghanistan: Vintage Embroidered Zazi Doily, Item E82
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 is a vintage embroidered zazi doily. A central cross divides the design into four defined corners set against a green silk background. Metallic braiding and ric rac gives some sparkle to the piece. Stitching is impressive! Very tiny chain stitches form the designs and the piece is both hand and machine stitched. Square textiles like this one fit perfectly on the low square tables used in the area and are often used as a doily when serving tea. Dimensions: 10.25″ x 10″ Metric: 26 cm x 25.5 cm Estimated age: 1970’s 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. “Traditional Textiles of Central Asia” by Janet Harvey, a wonderful illustrated book on textiles from Afghanistan and the region has a similar embroidery pictured. Harvey describes it: “Embroidered squares can be made up into a dress bodice or be used with the four corners folded to the centre as a small envelope-bag. Pashtun nomad tribeswomen of Hazarajat have formed these striking symmetrical unit-designs in very closely worked ladder-stitch…” Click on the zoom option for larger images. The last photo shows the back. 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. Visit our store here on Etsy to see our beautiful treasures! _____________ Follow Afghan Tribal Arts on Facebook! Read about Afghan Tribal Arts: www.afghantribalarts.com http://stureetribalvillage.blogspot.com/ http://fiberfocus.blogspot.com/search/label/Afghan%20Tribal%20Arts
Materials Used: silk,cotton,trim
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.
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