Vintage Kuchi coin belt on black cord.
Total Length: About 39 inches
Materials: Mixed metal coins and spacer beads, glass seed beads, cord
Coin Size: Varies from 1 inch up to 1.25 inches across.
Coin Finish: Polished
Closure: Button and loop, or tie to desired length.
Large to extra large vintage Kuchi coins strung on black shoelace cord with metal spacer beads and a bit of decorative glass beadwork along the top edge. About 41 inches from button to loop. Mixed metal coins 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 costme piece. Can also be cut apart to sew anywhere on your costume, either as one piece or multiple smaller peices. These belts are well-known in the tribal belly dance community for their versatility.
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.