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Folk art the world over is identified by strong valued, beautiful colors and distinctive motifs identifying the original location or culture it sources from. This fine example is covered in painstakingly hand stitched, minute embroidery. The inside of the triangular flap is perfectly stitched: impeccably lined with clean retro Russian cotton fabric in brilliant crimson with a simple floral motif. No dirty, smelly old rags were used here! The pockets proper are lined with clean, deep magenta cotton textile.

Compare the exquisite quality of this authentic piece to the contemporary, often cruder embroidery displaying large, simple designs and fewer colors. Often the recent is created for sale to tourists and export. The designs are applied with larger, looser stitches (and sometimes machine embroidered) and the wallets are lined with plain, even shabby used textiles. These versions usually sold at fairs or online for a few dollars. Quality & authenticity aren't cheap.

This pretty and exuberantly embroidered wallet can carry paper money , change, credit & business cards. The entire piece was constructed, embroidered and beaded by hand.

The primary pocket is 9" x 6" and runs the entire length of the wallet, excluding the triangular flap that closes it. The smaller pocket measures 4" x 6". As long as the wallet is closed, whatever is in the pocket stays put quite nicely. The nicely tarnished, finely woven braided brass tie wraps around and ties for additional security, if desired. You could attach a tassel or beads to make this even more festive.

The dark blue, small beads and intense fuchsia textile were popular in the 80's and early 90's. Today, white background textiles and a larger sized seed beads in white, with colors used more as accents are popular.

An authentic, affordable piece of ethnographic, folkloric beauty.

Perfect and in almost new condition, stored in my private collection for many years. All beads intact, no missing threads, no rips, no bad smells, no dry rot, no mold. Purchase with confidence.

Wild Little Afghanistan tribal style change purse


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: cotton, silk, glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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