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Vintage Embroidered Doily, Afghanistan: Zazi Silk, Item E18

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Vintage Zazi embroidered doily from Afghanistan. Specifics on this piece: Silk on silk. Tiny embroidered stitching defines the pattern: intersecting design divides the piece to frame four smaller squares, each square with a tiny mirror in the center of the design. Metallic braiding accents the framed borders. The stitching is gorgeous, tiny and even! Edges are decorated with twisted threads that end in glass seed beads. There is some wear, as the piece has been used. Background color is green, and overall top stitching is a deep red-orange, accented by purple stitching and trim.

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.

Dimensions:

8.25" x 9.25"
Metric: 21 cm x 23.5 cm
Fringe: .5" wide (1.75 cm)

Estimated age: 1950's

"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..."

Click on the zoom option for larger images.
The last photo shows the back.

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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Shipping is combined on multiple purchases and free in the United States if they total over $100. A discount on shipping is given on international orders that are over $100.

Follow Afghan Tribal Arts on Facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/AfghanTribalArts

Learn more about Afghan Tribal Arts:

www.afghantribalarts.com
http://stureetribalvillage.blogspot.com/
Proud member of TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List: http://www.tafalist.com/members/afghan-tribal-arts
Vintage Zazi embroidered doily from Afghanistan. Specifics on this piece: Silk on silk. Tiny embroidered stitching defines the pattern: intersecting design divides the piece to frame four smaller squares, each square with a tiny mirror in the center of the design. Metallic braiding accents the framed borders. The stitching is gorgeous, tiny and even! Edges are decorated with twisted threads that end in glass seed beads. There is some wear, as the piece has been used. Background color is green, and overall top stitching is a deep red-orange, accented by purple stitching and trim.

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.

Dimensions:

8.25" x 9.25"
Metric: 21 cm x 23.5 cm
Fringe: .5" wide (1.75 cm)

Estimated age: 1950's

"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..."

Click on the zoom option for larger images.
The last photo shows the back.

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!
_____________

Shipping is combined on multiple purchases and free in the United States if they total over $100. A discount on shipping is given on international orders that are over $100.

Follow Afghan Tribal Arts on Facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/AfghanTribalArts

Learn more about Afghan Tribal Arts:

www.afghantribalarts.com
http://stureetribalvillage.blogspot.com/
Proud member of TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List: http://www.tafalist.com/members/afghan-tribal-arts

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(285)

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I accept returns on any purchase for any reason. I believe not seeing the item right in front of you is the downside of buying/selling online, so I am happy to take things back that do not fulfill your expectations. I have had very few returns over the years and I work hard on photos and descriptions in order to describe the item as best as possible.

Returns must be done within 10 days of item receipt. I refund the purchase, but not shipping.

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I ship world wide and offer free shipping on purchases over $100. Multiple purchases are combined into one shipment.

Etsy has a system during the listing process where we have to estimate how much an item will cost in shipping if purchased with another item. This can be difficult given that I have a range of sizes and weights that could end up in a mix very different from the amount quoted. I refund the difference if it is over $.50 and often cover the expense if it's more than what was estimated, but every now and then, it might be too big of a difference. I can fit lots of the smaller items into a flat rate envelope, but on larger pieces, it would be best to ask about shipping if the total will be under $100.

International customers- I've had to revise this free shipping offer on heavier items- but I'll cover at least $20 on shipping.

Prices are quoted for USPS flat rate envelopes or priority mail, but I can ship snail mail if preferred. I use simple packaging, recycling when possible. I use Pay Pal's shipping services which provides a bar code and excellent tracking services, so I normally do not recommend insurance and confirmation, but can include it if requested. Customer pays for the extras.

International customers, we are not allowed to describe our packages as "gifts". I know it decreases your customs fees, but other sellers have gotten into trouble for that, so it's really not a good idea.
I ship world wide and offer free shipping on purchases over $100. Multiple purchases are combined into one shipment.

Etsy has a system during the listing process where we have to estimate how much an item will cost in shipping if purchased with another item. This can be difficult given that I have a range of sizes and weights that could end up in a mix very different from the amount quoted. I refund the difference if it is over $.50 and often cover the expense if it's more than what was estimated, but every now and then, it might be too big of a difference. I can fit lots of the smaller items into a flat rate envelope, but on larger pieces, it would be best to ask about shipping if the total will be under $100.

International customers- I've had to revise this free shipping offer on heavier items- but I'll cover at least $20 on shipping.

Prices are quoted for USPS flat rate envelopes or priority mail, but I can ship snail mail if preferred. I use simple packaging, recycling when possible. I use Pay Pal's shipping services which provides a bar code and excellent tracking services, so I normally do not recommend insurance and confirmation, but can include it if requested. Customer pays for the extras.

International customers, we are not allowed to describe our packages as "gifts". I know it decreases your customs fees, but other sellers have gotten into trouble for that, so it's really not a good idea.

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Vintage Embroidered Doily, Afghanistan: Zazi Silk, Item E18

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: silk, cotton, beads, trim
  • Feedback: 285 reviews
  • Favorited by: 12 people
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