Metric: 18 cm Diameter
Estimated age: 30 years+
This beaded disk has been salvaged from a garment or other piece. Called "Gul i peron", which means "dress flower", disks 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 form the crown of a skull cap. The disk is thick, with about six layers of fabric supporting the beadwork.
This one is large in excellent shape. The glass seed beads are sewn into a circular design with a mirror in the center. Clumps of beads adorn the outer edges. Gold trim serves as an edging to hold down the clumps of beads.
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.
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