Kuchi, in Persian means ‘those who go on migrations’. The Kuchis are a nomadic tribe who have lived along the ancient routes bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Traditionally, Afghan women wear this jewellery as everyday wear, and also for special ceremonies. These pieces create a sense of individual beauty, and us also known to ward off evil spirits. The more expensive the jewellery, then it has most likely derived from the Afghan environment, it will have precious stones carved in which would be found in mountainous or riverine areas.
The Kuchi tribe have been hand-picking their jewellery since 3000 years ago. Afghani women wear a lot of traditional ornaments such as head-pieces, earrings, necklaces, anklets, waist belts and more.There are no local sources of silver or gold in Afghanistan, so much of the jewellery is set in alloys made by melting down old coins. In addition to semi-precious stones, pieces are crafted using glass, enamel, old coins, and plastic and stone beading – everything has a decorative value, regardless of its origin.
In the 21st century, the Afghan Kuchi jewellery is frequently referred to as nomadic jewellery. Research reveals that countless challenges were faced by the Afghan traditional clothes and jewellery in its history. During the Soviet occupation period and the time of the Mujahedin and the Taliban, many personally owned pieces were sold.
Afghani Kuchi Tribal Jewellery reflects nomadic freedom in its style, and combines it with various influences from many different cultures visited while traveling.