Tribal Beaded Patch, Afghanistan, Gul Beadwork 9
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Tribal Beaded Patch, Afghanistan, Gul Beadwork 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.



6.5″ x 6″
Metric: 17 x 15 cm
Estimated age: 30 years+

This 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.

This one is a sextagon. Clumps of beads adorn the outer edges. It is in good shape.

Belly dancers especially like these and use them in their costumes. Other ideas: sew it on to the back of jean jacket, frame it against a raw, woven fabric, sew it on to a messenger bag… There are lots of uses!

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The last photo shows the back.

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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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.  We have lots of photos of our gallery on our Facebook page and you can look through them and contact us if you see something you want to know more about.

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