Vintage Kuchi Pendant: Afghanistan, Big Heart with Dangles, 60
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Vintage Kuchi Pendant: Afghanistan, Big Heart with Dangles, 60


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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Looking for bling? Big, jangley bling? Look no further!

This is a huge Kuchi pendant with dangles that jingle and jangle as you move around. The central heart design was cut from a piece of nickel. Decorations include stamping, soldering, and glass jewels. The piece has a thin silver wash over it. Look at the photos carefully: there is one loop (bail) missing at the top and one dangle missing on the left side.

This kind of ornament is also worn in the hair, on the sides of the head, holding a shawl in place.

The Pashtun are the largest ethnic majority of Afghanistan and the Kuchi, are one of the nomadic subgroups. Their clothing tends to be bright and they like jewelry that has jingly baubles. Belly dancers love their flare and style!

Estimated age: 1970’s
5″ wide x 5.75″ long (including dangles)
Metric: 12.5 x 14.5 cm

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Last photo shows the back.

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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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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