Saturday, November 12, 2005

Beadwork from Afghanistan

Bead Bugle - an online magazine - has a nice article this month about beadwork from Afghanistan. If you're interested in the more "ethnic" styles of beadwork, particularly on eBay, then this article might be worth checking out. It will give you an idea of what is currently being produced for the market.

There are quite a few items of "Afghani" beadwork on eBay, some of which is listed as antique or vintage. Be careful not to assume that a piece of beadwork (or any ethnic textile for that matter) is old just because it's dirty, dusty, or frayed and worn. Old cloth can be recycled and grimey dust is readily available in vacuum cleaner bags (an old trick). Unfortunately this article lacks in photographic clarity, but it will give you an idea of what is currently being produced in the region.

Click on the title above to take you to the article on Afghani beadwork. Once there, you might consider signing up for the Bead Bugle magazine - a great source of information. Enjoy!
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