AUD $130.00
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Uzbek, Old Beaded Tassel.

Sorry, these tassels are no longer available. We may however still have some very similar ones.

A multi stranded tassel, threaded with a complex mix of both translucent and opaque glass beads.
Many single strands all carefully matched, that come together to form a tube of beaded netting, then bound at the top with bands of beads that bind the cotton cords they decorate. This grouping is a composite made some time ago out of much oldes hair tassels, these two short and two long, have been gathered together and bound onto deep brown woolen plaited extensions....you may if you wish and can, unattach them for other use...be prepared to resow them should it go wrong though !

Originally made by Nomads, tassels were worn as decoration, often in the hair, as dcolourfully beaded plaits, others were hung inside the yurt.
As their wearers have been settled and their costumes have become more mundane, these tassels have been displaced, even seen as old fashioned.
However they, like other embroideries, have found a new home hanging indoors on permanent walls.
(both as decoration and of course, to repel the ever lurking Evil Eye.)
We hang them around the house purely as decoration, as simply as a nail or pin in the wall, possibly used as a blind pull (where backlighting activates the colours), nowadays they are also often worn for Belly Dancing.

Although this piece evolved from Jewellery we’ve included it in Textiles as it is complexly woven and no longer worn.

The recycled metal beads are mostly old very knocked Coin Silver although a couple of the more brassy toned caps are "gilit' and one "ring in" looks almost industrial ! They appear to be in good condition apart from a couple of rather minor breaks, which when hung won't show  but for wear you might want to check and glue or sew them first. You may even want to VERY gently wash them as they've hung somewhere dusty a longtime, but of course, that's part of their charm.

Geographically they could be from Uzbekistan or possibly made Uzbek or Turkoman refugees now settled in Nth Afghanistan.
Borders on maps are not impervious, often they cut through migration routes and Tribal groups. Then there are those who fled Soviet oppression as far back as the 20's into the Stalinist era.

If you thread at all you’ll appreciate that there are hours of thought and threading in this piece.
I particularly love the creative use and mixing of the beads, sizes and colours juxtaposed, the varied colour “abrash” within one colour adds to the joyous exuberance.

Age: Mid/Late 20 th Century.

Size: L 425 mm x W 30 mm( of the older pieces the longest are 254 mm, shortest 155 mm each about 30 mm wide.)

Weight: 218 grams.