Vintage Afghan Tribal Choli Top- The Avisha
Designer: Afghan Kuchi
"Out of a dust squall in the parched, defeated land, a ribbon of Technicolor crests the desert hills. You’ll see these images all over the Afghan landscape — in crevices of the jagged mountains, on switch-back mountain roads, in the Kandahari desert caves. They may be clans on the move, with camels and goats and sheep and babies. Or just a gang of girls, in dazzling dresses of purple, yellow and red, speckled with sequins and mirrors to guarantee that the sun’s rays and all of us passers-by in our modern transportation won’t miss the spectacle, won’t forget the Kuchis (the Dari word for nomads). The Kuchis are Pashtuns, the dominant tribe in Afghanistan, and though most of them are settled now, once upon a time they were almost all nomads, among them the Afghan royal family."
Own a piece of Afghan history and appreciate the beauty of the culture of the nomadic Pashtoon tribes that wander 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 Persian word meaning migration, in relation to nomads or gypsies, and does not describe a particular group or people, but rather a state of being. Many different peoples or tribes from these areas have been classified as Kuchi but the original migratory nomads of this area are the Pashtoon.
The Kuchi are fiercely independent, usually wreathed in silver necklaces and dressed in spangling embroidery, and they stare boldly back from atop their camels when you cross them on the roads.
This is an extraordinary find, deconstructed in Afghanistan from a vintage torn Kuchi dress. It was once unwearable but after cut and made into a top and a lot of mending it has a whole new life. Instead of a dress thrown away there is a new use, this is zero-waste fashion!
There is an immense amount of embroidery and beading, heads will turn when you are in this!
Sourced by our Afghan refugee friends that we support, mended and re-vamped by BoBo GloBal.
Made with velvet, cotton, polyester, silk, beads and embroidery.