Handmade in our Byron Bay studio, this piece features a desert silver barrel bead crafted by hand by an Afghan Refugee from the Kuchi Tribe (see History & Cultural Significance tab). Living in a Pakistan refugee camp with his family for the past 10+ years, his craft supports his family with the hope of a better future.
Using our signature knotting technique, we have showcased this bead using thick knotted and wrapped kangaroo-hide leather, which gives the piece a unique texture, creating a sturdy piece that ages beautifully over time the more it is worn.
The word Kuchi stems from a Persian word meaning migration. Originating from Afghanistan, the Kuchi People roamed areas along the ancient Silk Road trade routes for an estimated 3000 years. Known as prolific wanderers who migrated over immense distances, this nomadic tribe became masters at trekking to the remotest of areas.