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Afghanistan: Vintage Embroidered Pashtun Wallet or Pouch, Item 106

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11" x 5"
Metric: 27.5 x 12.5 cm

Estimated age: 1930's

Specifics on this piece: This wallet is from Afghanistan, made by the Pashtun Tribe, the largest ethnic minority of the country. This is an oldie! Embroidered with metallic threads that have worn away in many places, the inside shows best what a beauty this once was. There are two pockets on the inside which would be used to hold jewelry or money. One button is left on the top, part of the original closure. The piece is heavy and thick, almost carpet weight. The stories it could tell!

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.

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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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Afghanistan: Vintage Embroidered Pashtun Wallet or Pouch, Item 106


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: cotton, trim, fabric
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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