Kuchi scallop edge and diamond shaped coins and metal spacer beads strung on black shoelace cord. These necklaces use old tribal coins and pendants and small metal spacer beads with a few glass beads to create new jewelry. Button and loop closure. 18 inches from button to loop. Button can be moved to make this piece shorter, or a bit of cord added to make it longer. These necklaces are well-known in the tribal belly dance community for their versatility. Wear as a necklace or tie around the upper arm, use as a headpiece or anklet, or sew to the bottom your costume bra or choli. Cut them apart and sew anywhere on your costume, or totally deconstruct and use the pieces for new jewelry projects!
The story of Kuchi jewelry, like all tribal jewelry, is rich with influences from many cultures. These beautiful pieces with colorful glass jewels and jingling bells originally came from the nomadic Pashtoon tribes that wandered the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, along ancient routes between the seasons, moving down from the mountains in the winter and back to their homes in the summer. The word Kuchi itself is derived from a Farsi word meaning migration, in relation to nomads or gypsies, and does not describe a particular group or people, but rather a state of being.
Length: 18 inches
Materials: Mixed metals, shoelace cord, glass beads
Coin Size: 3/4 to 7/8 of an inch across
Metal Color: Scallop coins silvery, diamond coins and spacer beads more brassy
Metal Finish: Polished
Jewel Color: None
Bead Materials: Glass seed beads, mixed metal coins and spacer beads
Closure: Button and loop
The most versatile necklace for belly dance costuming!
Please check photos carefully for condition. You will receive the exact piece shown in the photos on this page. This piece has been recently assembled, but is made with vintage components that have been previously worn in country. Previously used tribal jewelry components may have small flaws such as loose or missing jewels, missing bells, obvious repairs, may be tarnished or worn, or have other small flaws.
A NOTE ON THE CONDITION OF TRIBAL ITEMS: Our jewelry is used tribal jewelry, from faraway lands. As used pieces the condition of our items will reflect their prior lives as treasured tribal pieces. Please know that we strive to maintain the tribal allure of our items and therefore we do not clean or repair these pieces in any way. We leave that choice to the buyer, as each may prefer something different. This not only maintains the old, tribal look of each piece that our belly dance customers seek, but also preserves the value of a piece that cleaning might diminish.
We do our best to describe any flaws that may be present in our items, and we encourage you to read the full description and look at all photos closely to judge the condition of the item for yourself and know exactly what you are ordering. If you have questions about the condition of any item, please ask!