Y9 – Salvaged Kuchi Dress Yoke – Silver on Purple

Vintage Kuchi Yoke Remnant – Y9  Dense silver embroidery over purple satin.

Afghan Tribal Arts specializes in vintage textiles, gemstone beads, and tribal rugs. This piece is being sold through Artizan Made and ships from Paducah, Kentucky. Free shipping worldwide on purchases from Afghan Tribal Arts over $250.


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Couched silver threads cover most of this yoke highlighted by shisha mirrors (considered as protective against the evil eye) are bordered by bright yarn stitches in red, pink, navy, purple, maroon and forest green. The background fabric is a bright deep purple that is probably a polyester satin. The backing is cotton.


14.5” wide x 16” long
Band: 18” wide

This is a reclaimed dress yoke from Afghanistan. Traditional Kuchi dresses have a yoke under the neckline from which gathered, long panels of fabric flow. Sleeves are normally wide and they wear matching cuffed pants underneath. The garments are decorated with embroidery at the yoke, the collar, the bottom of the sleeves and the cuff of the pants. When a garment wears out, they remove the embroidered areas and re-use them in a new piece, so several generations might share some of the original outfit.

Evidence of machine stitching and synthetic materials indicates that this piece is probably from the 1970’s. Wear is a part of its history. The remnant can be gently hand washed and pressed (on the back side) before use. Incorporate into other projects that need a focal point. It would also look great framed as a piece with ethnographic interest.

Folkwear sells historical and ethnic patterns and they have a dress pattern from Afghanistan that would work well with this yoke: Afghan Nomad Dress

Afghan Tribal Arts is owned by Abdul Wardak who has imported from Afghanistan and the region since the late 1980’s. Abdul has a passion for all things handmade, but beads and rugs form the core part of his business. The gallery and showroom is located at 626 Broadway in downtown Paducah, Kentucky (USA).

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Beads and Rugs by ATA, 626 Broadway, Paducah, Kentucky
Beads and Rugs by ATA, 626 Broadway, Paducah, Kentucky


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Afghan Tribal Arts

I have been importing from Central Asia for over 30 years. 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. Follow us on Facebook! Let us know if you see something you like in the image section of our Facebook page. We can give you more info if it is still in stock. I am often on the road, doing Bead Shows, but have an assistant at the gallery who can help.  My cell is 847-602-6651 if you need to reach me.  

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