Vintage Tribal Talisman: Kuchi Beaded Remnant Amulet Set #9
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 set of remnants contains one ”Gul I Peron” tribal disks/patch, four “Taweez” amulet and two flat beaded ornaments.
Taweez is the Urdu word for amulet or talisman. Do a search for it and you will see that there are many kinds: taweez for love, taweez for health, taweez for prosperity, etc. Also spelled Ta’wiz or Tawiz, the use of talismans, amulets and charms are both allowed and forbidden by opposing Muslim teachers. Those against them, warn at how easily one can stray into clear-cut wrongful behavior, like worshiping other gods or putting faith into something that may not come from God. But, for the believers, their taweez will have holy writings or prayers embedded inside the piece.
This Taweez is a small beaded pouch with an opening that would hold the sacred writings or prayers. You could use it to hold coins or special jewelry. It would be a great “gift box” for a ring or other small gift. Add a cord or chain and wear it as a pendant. The beadweaving is lined with fabric and then attached over each side then closed with the beads along the edges. The Taweez on the bottom left has no second side, but could be stitched directly to a garment to make it a pocket. The Taweez on the top right is not lined.
The flat beaded pieces have a structure similar to the Taweez, but are do not have a fabric backing, and do not have a second side. It could be stitched flat to a garment to decorate it, or fabric could be added to transform it into a pocket.
The beaded disk has been salvaged from a garment or other piece. Called “Gul I Peron”, which means “dress flower”, patches like this one are used by the Kuchi and other nomadic people in Afghanistan as a design element in their clothing. It might be sewn on to a dress or vest or on to another textile. There is cardboard between several layers of fabric which gives support to the beadwork.
Estimated age: 1980’s
Taweez (top left): 3.25″ x 3.75″ (8.5 cm x 9.5 cm)
Gul I Peron (top middle): diameter 5.75″ (15 cm)
Taweez (top right): 3″ x 4″ (7.5 cm x 10 cm)
Taweez (bottom left): 3.75″ x 3.25″ (9.5 cm x 8 cm)
Beaded Patch (bottom middle left): 5.5″ x 3″ (14 cm x 8 cm)
Beaded Patch (bottom middle right): 2″ x 2.25″ (5.5 cm x 6 cm)
Taweez (bottom right): 2.75″ x 4″ (7 cm x 10 cm)
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.
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 shop 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.
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