Vintage Kuchi charms on black cord.
Length: 24 inches
Materials: Mixed metals, glass jewels, cord
Center Pendant Size: Approximately 1.5 inches wide by 5 inches long
Pendant Finish: Coins and spacer beads polished, center pendant is tarnished
Jewel Color: Red, green
Bead Materials: Mixed metals, glass
Closure: Button and loop
Small, reused, vintage Kuchi charms strung on black shoelace cord. These necklaces use old tribal pendants and small metal spacer beads and 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. This one has hollow dangles for a great jingle. 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. They can also be cut them apart and sewn anywhere on your costume, or totally deconstruct and use the pieces for 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.