Vintage Kuchi matakai headpeice pendant pair.
Length: About 4.25 inches (includes ring and dangles)
Width: About 4.25 inches
Materials: Mixed metals
Metal Color: Ever so slightly brassy
Glass or plastic Jewels
Attachment: Ring at the top
Price listed is for the PAIR of pendants.
Large Kuchi matakai pendant pair with red and green jewels. About 4.25 inches from ring to bottom of dangles, and about 4.25 inches wide. Matakai pendants are tradtionally worn on a headpiece, with these matching pieces handing over the sides or slightly toward the front. Made of mixed metals and unpolished. Pair is matching, but the large glass jewels are different colors. This pair has been used in country as evidenced by the old bits of fabric on the back that are very worn and carry their share of tribal grime! Kuchi pendants are very versatile and can be used for many costuming purposes.
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.