Kuchi charm necklace on black cord.
Length: 24 inches
Materials: Mixed metals, cord
Center Pendant Size: Approximately 2 inches wide by 1.75 inches long
Metal Finish: Polished
Jewel Color: Red, blue, pink
Bead Materials: Mixed metals, plastic jewels
Closure: Button and loop
Vintage Kuchi pendant and coins strung on black shoelace cord. These necklaces use old tribal coins and pendants and small metal spacer beads with a few glass beads to create new jewelry. Button and loop closure. 24 inches from button to loop. Button can be moved to make this piece shorter, or simply tie it to the length desired. These necklaces are well-known in the tribal belly dance community for their versatility. Wear as a necklace or tie around the upper arm, use as a headpiece or anklet, or sew to the bottom your costume bra or choli. Cut them apart and sew anywhere on your costume, or totally deconstruct and use the pieces for new jewelry projects!
The story of Kuchi jewelry, like all tribal jewelry, is rich with influences from many cultures. These beautiful pieces with colorful glass jewels and jingling bells originally came from the nomadic Pashtoon tribes that wandered the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, along ancient routes between the seasons, moving down from the mountains in the winter and back to their homes in the summer. The word Kuchi itself is derived from a Persian word meaning migration, in relation to nomads or gypsies, and does not describe a particular group or people, but rather a state of being.