AUD $78.00

Uzbek/Turkoman Beaded Tassels.

Here's a pair of smallish cluster of tassels made with hand twisted black cotton tassels bound with fine "silver" metallic threads over "shocking pink" thread. Then embellished with a mix of translucent and opaque coloured glass beads alternating with rows of exotic small white shells.(These shell have been traded a long way inland and probably have a fertility value as well as warding off the "Evil Eye")

Almost old and a little bit knocked around, the recycled brassy "silver" bell caps are a focal point amidst all the beading. Their warm patina contrasting strongly with the shiny opacity of the tiny recycled pale blue "Pashtun Evil Eye" glass beads that have been wound onto the end of each twisted thread.

(Note the repeated emphasis on the protective turquoise colours of the different glass beads including the larger "Pony Beads" at the top.)

These beads are not just decorative but are there to scare away Evil, thereby protecting the wearer from everlurking misfortune.

The loops at the top have been hand spliced and have a little wear but not much. measuring about 45 mm inner circumference.

Can be used hanging from a key on furniture, pinned to a wall, worn on clothing or used to pull blinds, even.

These maybe from either Afghanistan or Pakistan, where they were maybe made by Pashtun, Uzbek or even Turkomen women living there but they had made it to the border as we found them in the Khyber Pass region.

Genuinely old ones like this are now becoming much harder to find. (With some modern ones actually being marketed as vintage,)

Note: in case it isn't clear this is a pair being sold as a pair.


Age: Mid/Late 20th Century.


Size: H 170 mm x W 110 mm (spread out)


Weight: 70 grams.