Vintage tribal multi-strand seed bead and pendant necklace.
Length: About 30 inches
Materials: Glass seed beads, mixed metal pendants
Pendant Size: About 1.25 inches square, including bells
Metal Finish: Unpolished, but with a slight shine
Bead Color: Clear colorless and deep blue
Bead Materials: Glass, mixed metals, cord
Closure: No clasp, slips over the head to wear
Traditional nomadic necklace of seed beads and amulet cases. 30 inches long. The end cords have long braided loops that are tied together with string. At one point this may have been ties on the ends to adjust length. Multi-strand seed beads in clear/colorless and deep blue. This is a tribally used piece and shows some age, wear and tribal grime. A pretty authentic tribal piece.
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.