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Pashtun, Embroidered Wallet.

This is a more traditional folding and tying Pashtun embroidered wallet, from the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Covered in brightly contrasting orange chain stitch on a deep green cotton ground, with small coloured glass beads around the edges to distract the ever lurking "Evil Eye", but if that's not enough the brilliance of the lining would have to scare it away!

These heavily embroidered pouches are somewhere between the traditional rolling Tobacco Pouch and our folding wallet. But rather than the more Western "press stud" of more touristy pieces, these fold, wrap and tie to be poked into a belt or sash.

The tassels are pretty bright but that's understandable in a Pashtun environment where very bright colours are de rigeur, one tassel appears to be missing, however there are still more than enough remaining.

They make a very colourful and sympathetic wrap for giving Tribal Earrings and pieces or just somewhere to keep your "zills" !

Of course they look great just lying around, too.

I've been told that the silver braid is often added to older pieces to tart them up for sale, however this isn't that old more around the turn of the century as we've had it (them) a while waiting to get onto this site.

Age: Late 20th/Early 21st Century.

Size: L 250  mm (not including cord) x W 172 mm (including tassels)

Weight: 64 grams.