Vintage Zazi Embroidery: Afghanistan Wedding Saddle Cover, Item E14
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Vintage Zazi Embroidery: Afghanistan Wedding Saddle Cover, Item E14


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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The Katawaz embroidery is known as Zazi in Afghanistan and comes from the South Eastern part of the country. A bride would ride on a horse decorated which would be as decorated as she was. The saddle textile might have been made by the bride as a part of her dowry, by another woman in the family, or it could have been handed down from generation to generation.

Estimated age: 1950’s

Specifics on this piece: Silk on silk. Tiny embroidered stitching defines the pattern: layered rectangles frame a central geometric design divided into four segments. The background color is a deep purple, with a majority of pumpkin orange top stitching, accented with small amounts of indigo, red, and teal stitching. The stitching is gorgeous, tiny and even! Edges are decorated with olive twisted threads that end in glass seed beads. Backing material is red cotton.


21.5″ x 23″
Metric: 52 x 59 cm

Estimated age: 50 years+

Shipping is free on this textile, 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.

Recommended reading: “Traditional Textiles of Central Asia” by Janet Harvey, a wonderful illustrated book on textiles from Afghanistan and the region.
Also, Turkotek is a great forum that discusses Central Asian textiles, although they are somewhat difficult to navigate:

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.

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