Vintage Beaded Wallet- Afghanistan: Ethnic Pashtun Pouch, Item 113

Vintage Beaded Wallet- Afghanistan: Ethnic Pashtun Pouch, Item 113


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.

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9″ x 5.5″
Metric: 22.5 x 14.5 cm

Estimated age: 1970’s

Specifics on this piece: This wallet is from Afghanistan, made by the Pashtun Tribe, the largest ethnic minority of the country. This is one fancy piece, something very special that might have been made for a dowry. Solid beadwork, inside and out, makes this wallet heavy and substantial. The beads are all glass seed beads, woven in an intricate pattern. There are two pockets on the inside which would be used to hold jewelry or money. The top pocket is lined with thick velvet and gold trim. Something special would definitely be kept in this one! One of the corners looks like it is missing some beads (see the last photo). I would have that repaired or secured if this is going to be handled a lot. Other than that, it’s a gorgeous piece and should be twice the price!

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.

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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. But, we have a huge inventory of handmade crafts from around the world.

Our gallery is at 626 Broadway in Paducah, Kentucky, USA. We are currently revising our website and shop on Etsy, but you can see a lot of what we have on Facebook:

The products you see here are examples of what we have sold in the past. Let us know what you are looking for and we will work with you.

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