Notes on Culture & Antique Art, Ethnic Decor & Vintage Fashion | Wovensouls Art Gallery
Pair of Superbly Crafted Kohistani Torque Anklets
These are open when made and then fixed on permanently onto the woman’s ankle at the time of her wedding.
They are never taken off and are a part of the woman’s wealth.
The motifs seen on the anklets are also seen on other forms of art.
How are these worn?I have had experience with this type having worn them from 2005-2012. I’d found a gypsy woman with these on, purchased it off her feet, taken her to the jeweller in a small nearby town who used implements to gently open them off her ankles. Then with a hammer the silver was beaten into place on my ankles. It took me 6 weeks for the pain to subside and then remained on as my best bit of jewelry for years. Eventually, with weight issues, it became a problem. Finding a jeweler who knew how to get it off took a few months! This happened prior to “photograph every single object with the phone” era and so I have no photos of this.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.