Vintage Nuristani Child’s Vest, Ceremonial Kohistani

Vintage Nuristani Child’s Vest, Ceremonial Kohistani


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.


Vintage Nuristani Child’s Vest

Nuristan, “Land of Light”, is a province in the mountainous region of NorthEastern Afghanistan. Kohistan is on the other side of the border in Pakistan. Both share a common a history and have similar garments. This baby’s vest is traditional to the dress in the region: tiny cross stitch designs accented with white beads against black cotton fabric. Buttons, beads and a zipper are used as embellishments. Suggested use: display as a textile on a small mannequin.

Dimensions: 9″ wide at the top (23 cm) 13″ long (33 cm) 9.5″ wide at the waist (24 cm)

Estimated age: 1950’s

Nuristan is thought to have been crossed by Alexander the Great. As there are many blondes in the area, they are considered to be his direct descendents.

You can read more about them on Wikipedia.  This site has some images of a woman’s outfit in the same style. It is interesting to me that the Kuchi, who live in more desert areas, have bright, eye-catching clothing, while the mountain people, also highly decorated, go for a more subdued, earthy palette. Perhaps you want to be seen in the desert, concealed in the forest?

At any rate, this little vest, baby size, is a beautiful piece! The stitches are tiny and even. It’s in very good shape, although it could probably use a cleaning. We don’t alter the pieces we sell, as collectors sometimes want the dirt and grit, but you are welcome to do so!

Materials Used: fabric, thread, glass seed beads, buttons, zipper




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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