Embroidered Bicycle Seat Cover: Vintage Pashtun Katawaz Embroidery of Afghanistan, Item 3
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Embroidered Bicycle Seat Cover: Vintage Pashtun Katawaz Embroidery of Afghanistan, Item 3


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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Have you seen pictures of decorated buses, donkey carts, trucks and other modes of transportation? Bright colors, tassels, bells, and so on? They do that in South America and all over Asia and Africa. In Afghanistan, motorcycles and bicycles also get special treatment! This beautifully embroidered textile is a vintage piece that has been salvaged from its original role as a seat cover. A functional piece would have another piece of fabric that would wrap around the seat and tie up.

Specifics on this piece: Curly chan stitched designs cover the surface, outlined with brass trim. The stitches are unbelievably tiny. The background silk fabric is a soft medium green, but there is so much embroidery that it just barely peeks through, Edges are decorated with twisted threads that end in glass seed beads. The dominant color is a pumpkin orange. Condition is excellent. The back does show some staining along the edges, so this piece was mostly likely used.

This is considered a Katawaz embroidery done by the Pashtun of Ghazni province. In Afghanistan, they refer to this style as Zazi embroidery.


11″ daimeter (28 cm)
Fringe: 1″ (2.5 cm)

Estimated age: 50 years+
The last photo shows the back.

Shipping is free on this piece worldwide.

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. 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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