Embroidered Bicycle Seat Cover: Vintage Pashtun Katawaz Embroidery of Afghanistan

Embroidered Bicycle Seat Cover: Vintage Pashtun Katawaz Embroidery of Afghanistan


Embroidered Bicycle Seat Cover

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.


Examples of this embroidered bicycle seat cover can be seen in many cultures where they decorate cars, taxis, buses, and other modes of transportation? Bright colors, tassels, bells, and so on? They do that in South America and all over Asia and Africa. In Afghanistan, motorcycles and bicycles also get special treatment!


This beautifully embroidered textile is a vintage piece that has been salvaged from its original role as a seat cover. A functional piece would have another piece of fabric that would wrap around the seat and tie up. Specifics on this piece: Curly chan stitched designs cover the surface, outlined with brass trim. The stitches are unbelievably tiny. The background silk fabric is a soft medium green, but there is so much embroidery that it just barely peeks through. Edges are decorated with twisted threads that end in glass seed beads. The dominant color is a pumpkin orange. Condition is excellent.


The back does show some staining along the edges, so this piece was mostly likely used. This is considered a Katawaz embroidery done by the Pashtun of Ghazni province. In Afghanistan, they refer to this style as Zazi embroidery.


Dimensions: 11″ daimeter (28 cm) Fringe: 1″ (2.5 cm)

Estimated age: 50 years+

The last photo shows the back. Shipping is free on this piece worldwide. 

Materials Used: cotton, beads, trim, ric rac, silk




Abdul Wardak

Abdul Wardak of Afghan Tribal Arts

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.

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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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