Kazakh Artistry - Afghanistan
This collection of five handmade Silver and Brass Beads a with Turquoise Enamel Inlay which resemble a blue coloured gemstone - are distinctly middle eastern.
Because of their shape, some call them metal egg beads while others call them barrel beads – but call them what you like – they remain tribal and ethnic in every sense of the word.
Measuring 11x12mm, the beads have been handmade made by the traditional nomadic Sunni Muslim Kazakhs, who originally come from the Ural Mountains in Kazakhstan.
And there’s no question these beads can be used to make ethnic-inspired statement jewellery such as a pair of earrings, a necklace, bangles or an anklet.
They are hollow and have been decorated with intricate silver wire work and circular frames with lapis inlaid – plus their familiar trademark called ‘false granulation’ – which depict triangular imprints.
Crude in texture, each bead is individually hand-made in the Kazakh style and have become an important currency when trading for goods.
Their style is often mistaken for Turkoman craftsmanship – which is actually, quite different, because their beads do not contain the ‘False Granulation’.
The nomads are also known as Kuchi Kazakh with numbers these days close to three million and mainly settled in the northern regions of Afghanistan.
The beads in this collection weigh it at about 28 grams - have been heavily discounted and now work out to cost roughly $6.00 each.
All our ethnic Kazakh Egg Beads contain a decent 3-4mm top-drill hole which is suitable for threading with round leather, Tigertail or craftline (similar to fishing line).
The accompanying photos illustrate what to expect in your order; please note that some images have been enlarged to show detail.
Please also bear in mind many of these beads are not new, nor have they been mass produced. They are individually hand-made and contain age-worn imperfections.