Afghanistan: Vintage Embroidered Pashtun Wallet or Pouch, Item E48
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Afghanistan: Vintage Embroidered Pashtun Wallet or Pouch, Item E48


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 wallet is from Afghanistan, made by the Pashtun Tribe, the largest ethnic minority of the country. Embroidered with cotton threads, there is a small amount of metallic thread on the interior with a ric rac embellishment. There are three pockets on the inside which would be used to hold jewelry or money. It appears to have been completely hand stitched. I see no evidence of machine sewing. It is in good condition. Background color is red, covered with very dense embroidery. The wallet folds to close with two snaps.


7.75″ x 3.75″
Metric: 20 cm x 9.5 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.

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. Visit our store here on Etsy to see our beautiful treasures!

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I have been importing from Central Asia since the 1980’s. Afghan Tribal Arts focuses on hand carved gemstones, beads, tribal jewelry, vintage textiles and nomadic carpets. We have a huge inventory of handmade crafts from around the world.

Our gallery is at 626 Broadway in Paducah, Kentucky, USA. We have a nice selection of beads and smaller items on Etsy: Visit us!

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