Afghanistan: Vintage Embroidered Zazi Doily, Item 134

Afghanistan: Vintage Embroidered Zazi Doily, Item 134

$58.00

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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Dimensions:

9″ x 9″
Metric: 22 x 22 cm

Estimated age: 40 years+

Specifics on this piece: Tiny embroidered stitching divide the design into four defined corners set against a deep green silk background. Metallic braiding gives some sparkle to the piece. Stitching is impressive! Very tiny chain stitches form the designs. Edges are decorated with twisted threads that end in glass seed beads. Square textiles like this one fit perfectly on the low tea tables used in the area and are often used as a doily when serving tea.

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.

“Traditional Textiles of Central Asia” by Janet Harvey, a wonderful illustrated book on textiles from Afghanistan and the region has a similar embroidery pictured. Harvey describes it:

“Embroidered squares can be made up into a dress bodice or be used with the four corners folded to the centre as a small envelope-bag. Pashtun nomad tribeswomen of Hazarajat have formed these striking symmetrical unit-designs in very closely worked ladder-stitch…”

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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. But, we have a huge inventory of handmade crafts from around the world.

Our gallery is at 626 Broadway in Paducah, Kentucky, USA. We are currently revising our website and shop on Etsy, but you can see a lot of what we have on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beadsrugs/photos/

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.

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