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Vintage Afghan Kuchi Ceremonial Shoulder Drape

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Kuchi Camel Necklace
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Price: $72.00
Item Number: TPX-447A-Nk

Vintage Tribal Shoulder Drape - 2 rows of Pendants, Coins and Tassels  

Loaded with heritage, this large handcrafted vintage Afghan Kuchi Shoulder Drape has 2 rows of old pendants, coins, clove-studded tassels and traditional colorfully-beaded bands. 

Lavishly embellished, shoulder drapes or "camel necklaces" like this one were worn at traditional Afghan Kuchi wedding ceremonies. They were symbolically draped over the shoulders of the bride and groom during the marriage celebration. The lightly-adorned back band can be knotted to make it shorter, if desired.

Because of their configuration and intended use as ceremonial shoulder drapes, camel necklaces do not lie flat when worn around the neck. 

Today Afghan shoulder drapes ("camel necklaces") are great for any mood or occasion when wanting to feel exuberant. Some people are able to wear them as belts, using the curved decorated portions around the hips. The two-tiered design even makes them ideal for adorning a camel, if you are lucky enough to have one. 

This vintage Kuchi Necklace is in great condition considering its age. The pendants have been polished, but some age patina remains for a pleasing contrast. The multiple components alone are worth more than the cost of this necklace.

Measurements: (1 inch = 2.54 cm)   
    Length = 46 inches upper band, 52 inches lower band (can be knotted shorter)
    Weight = 2 pounds, 1 oz
    Shipping Weight = 2 pounds, 6 oz
    Material = Glass beads; Metal; Coins; Mirror; Tassels; Cloves; Tufts; Fabric