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Afghanistan: Vintage Embroidered Pashtun Wallet or Pouch, Item E47

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This wallet is from Afghanistan, made by the Pashtun Tribe, the largest ethnic minority of the country. Embroidered with cotton threads, the piece is decorated with glass seed beads along the edges. There are three pockets on the inside which would be used to hold jewelry or money. It appears to have been completely hand stitched. I see no evidence of machine sewing. It is in good condition. Background color is red, covered with very dense embroidery. The wallet folds to close with three snaps.

Dimensions:

8.75" x 4.75"
Metric: 22.5 cm x 12 cm

Estimated age: 1970's

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.

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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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 ghan%20Tribal%20Arts
This wallet is from Afghanistan, made by the Pashtun Tribe, the largest ethnic minority of the country. Embroidered with cotton threads, the piece is decorated with glass seed beads along the edges. There are three pockets on the inside which would be used to hold jewelry or money. It appears to have been completely hand stitched. I see no evidence of machine sewing. It is in good condition. Background color is red, covered with very dense embroidery. The wallet folds to close with three snaps.

Dimensions:

8.75" x 4.75"
Metric: 22.5 cm x 12 cm

Estimated age: 1970's

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.

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!
_____________

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 ghan%20Tribal%20Arts

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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Afghanistan: Vintage Embroidered Pashtun Wallet or Pouch, Item E47

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: cotton, trim, fabric, beads
  • Feedback: 285 reviews
  • Favorited by: 55 people
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