AUD $88.00

Kungrat Uzbek, Beaded Tassel.

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 brilliant pink, deep green and violet wool.
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 in a window as a blind pull. (Where backlighting activates the colours), often worn for Belly Dancing.

One of a pair that we are selling seperately, see also UT102, 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.

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. Then there are those who fled Soviet oppression.

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.
In places (at the top) you can even see bead wrapping that is normally associated with tne Ndebele and Zulu work from South Africa.

Age: Late 20 th Century.

Size: L 420 mm x W 55 mm

Weight: 218 grams.