Vintage Kuchi choker
Length: 11.75 inches end to end, not including ties
Pendants length: About 2.25 inches
Choker band is about 1.5 inches wide
Materials: Mixed metals, coin metal, glass or plastic jewels
Finish: Unpolished but somewhat shiny in places
Metal Color: Choker band, chains and most small pendants are silvery. A few pendants are brassy.
Closure: Cord Ties
Backing: Fabric with a bit of beading.
There is some rust on the small pendants. Please see close up photo for more information.
Kuchi vintage choker in traditional style with chain dangles and small pendants. Length end to end is 11.75 inches without ties. Linked choker band is about 1.5 inches wide, dangles are about 2.25 inches long including small pendants. This choker is lined with fabric for a more comfortable fit. A bit of beading along the top edge. Ties to close at any length you need. There is some rust on the small pendants, please see close up photo for more information. These chokers have been worn for centuries and were incorporated into the original tribal belly dance costuming set.
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.