Vintage Kuchi choker with jewel dangles and beading.
Length: 11.25 inches end to end, not including ties
Pendants length: About 3 inches
Choker band is 1.5 inches wide
Materials: mixed metals, coin metal, glass or plastic jewels
Metal Color: Silvery to brassy. Different parts appear to be different colors.
Closure: Cord Ties
Kuchi vintage choker in traditional style with elaborate jeweled dangles and coins. Length is 11.25 inches without ties. Linked choker band is about 1.5 inches wide, dangles are about 3 inches long with coins. This choker is lined with fabric for a more comfortable fit. A bit of beading adorns the top edge. Ties to close at any length you need. The original tribal belly dance necklace! These chokers have been worn for centuries and were incorporated into the original tribal belly dance costuming set. These never go out of style!
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.