Pair of Vintage Kuchi Beaded Tribal Medallions Gul - 3.5 Inches - Belly Dance Costuming DIY Rounds Rosettes Disks

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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$12.00
Item No: TDG0858
Country of Origin: Pakistan
Materials : Glass Beads, Natural Shell, Fabric, Felt
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Pair of vintage Afghani tribal beaded medallions called "gul".

Size:  3.5 inches
Shape:  Round
Center:  Beaded
Thickness:  About 5/8 inch
Base:  Layered old fabric, old felt, possibly animal hair - These are very old, and difficult to tell what this is exactly
Beads:  Glass, tiny natural shells
Colors: White, Blue, Red
"Fluffly" beadwork around the edges.  This pair is very old, and some of the edging beadwork is missing.  

Very old matched pair of round medallions.  These tribal pieces are called gul, and have been removed from old clothing or other decorative items.  Medallions are made from glass seed beads and tiny natural cowrie shells.  You don't see pieces with real shell much any more.  Because these pieces are handmade, there may be some slight variation in size, shape or pattern.  Backing material may include a cardboard or plastic disc covered in fabric or a backing of felt, which can sometimes be made from animal hair.  Backing material may be quite thick or stiff, or can be thin and flexible.    

Afghani beadwork is some of the finest in the world, often with intricate mathematical patterns.  (Studies have been done on the mathematics of Kuchi beadwork - ask me about it!)  Please be aware that these pieces have been used and reused, often many times, and will show wear in places.  If necessary, beadwork can often be repaired simply by running a bit of beading floss through the beads and knotting it securely.

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