If you love tribal art, natural stone beads, ethnographic items and vintage textiles, you will want to get to know Afghan Tribal Arts!
Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan since the mid-1980’s. Abdul Wardak, owner, immigrated to the United States and made his home in the Chicago area for over twenty years. He found that not only did he find a passion for the handicrafts of his mother country, but that having this business allowed for a way to help artisans and traders in Afghanistan while increasing cultural awareness with his customers here in the United States.
A true nomad at heart, Abdul has had a bead show route between Wisconsin and Florida for many years. Afghan Tribal Arts is moving towards an active web presence. We are using Etsy as our shopping cart and have a healthy inventory listed there, although it is a tiny fraction of our stock. The core of the business are the beads brought in from Afghanistan. Hand-carved by artisans in Pakistan and Afghanistan, they are unpolished gemstones mined in the region: lapis lazuli, jade, carnelian, onyx, malachite, and many more. However, years of bead shows has led to buying from other traders so they now also have great beads from Africa and other parts of Asia.
Afghan Tribal Arts has also invested a great deal into other hand-crafted traditions, both old and new: textiles, carpets, carvings, and metal work. On Etsy, products listed are the easiest to ship: the beads, tribal jewelry, and smaller textiles.
Afghan Tribal Arts is part owner of two tribal art galleries:
Sturee Tribal Village
128 Exchange St
Pendleton, SC 29670
Kabul To Marrakech
212 Miami Ave W.
Bead Show Schedule
Afghan Tribal Arts is at a bead show almost every weekend with different venues, mostly in SouthEastern USA. Call 847-602-6651 for info. The regular yearly shows are Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Gem & Mineral Show in Tucson and the Frank Cox Production Shows in Sarasota, Florida.
Shop on Etsy!
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