Vintage Kuchi components belt on black cord.
Total Length: 3 to 39 inches
Decorated Length: 24 to 25 inches
Pendant Materials: Mixed metals, black cotton blend cord
Pendant Length: About 3 inches
Pendant Finish: Polished
Fastening: Button and Loop
Vintage Kuchi components, metal spacers and glass beads on black cord.
Vintage Kuchi necklace components with dangles strung on black shoelace cord with metal spacer beads and a bit of glass beading along the top edge. These belts are all between 38 and 39 inches long from button to loop. Mixed metal pendants and spacer beads. Button can be moved to make this piece shorter, or simply tie it to the length desired. Wear as a belt or sew to the bottom of an existing costume piece. Can also be cut apart to sew anywhere on your DIY project, or totally deconstruct and incorporate the pieces into new jewelry.
Each of these belts is just a little different. While all are between 38 and 39 inches long, and the pendants with dangles measure about 3 inches, the design on the pendants might differ slightly from belt to belt. The length of the decorated portion of the belt varies from 21 to 24 inches.
Kuchi means "nomad" in the Afghan Dari language. The livelihood and culture of the Kuchis have been all but destroyed by conflict, drought, and demographic shifts. Some 200,000 Kuchis are displaced in Afghanistan; an equal or larger number are refugees in Pakistan; and hundreds of thousands of others are eking out a precarious existence in urban or rural areas in Afghanistan. Only a small number of Kuchis still follow their traditional livelihood of nomadic herding.