AUD $88.00

Kungrat Uzbek, Glass Beaded Tassel.

A multi stranded tassel, threaded with a complex mix of both translucent and opaque glass beads, tipped with “protective” sliced Cowry shells
(These exotic imports, traded inland from the coast or islands of the coast of India, are also worn for fertility, which leads to prosperity.)
The opaque and translucent red glass beads that are threaded horizontally, are made to imitate more expensive “red coral twigs” worn for health and protection.

Many single strands all carefully matched, these then come together to be then bound at the top with bands of brilliant pink, blue and gold wool.
Topped with a pink and blue bound loop for suspension.

Originally as Nomads, tassels were worn as decoration, often in the hair, others were hung inside the yurt.
As they have been settled and their costumes have become more mundane, these tassels have become displaced, 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 everpresent Evil Eye.)
We hang them around the house purely as decoration, as simply as a nail in the wall, possibly used as a blind pull
(where backlighting activates the colours), even worn for Belly Dancing.

One of a pair that we are selling seperately, see also UT105, if it is still available.
Although this piece evolved from Jewellery, we’ve included it in Textiles as it is complexly woven and no longer worn as jewellery.

It’s similarity to the Kungrat Uzbek techniques and beads used the beaded necklace UB110, has lead me to nominate that Tribal group, however Geographically it could be from Uzbekistan or refugees now settled in Nth Afghanistan.
Borders on maps are not impervious, often they cut through migration routes and Tribal groups.

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 (see the greens within the turquoise hand made beads!)

Age: Late 20th Century.

Size: L 365 mm x W 55 mm

Weight: 247 grams.