In order to distract the malevolent influences of the Evil Eye, tassels are
frequently attached to a large variety of objects. The unpredictable movement tassels produce, distracts the attention of the Evil Eye away from the wearer. Tassels are attached to a large variety of objects as well as to humans and animals. Often, on a non-moving object a small tassel will be used, whereas on a moving object a longer tassel will be used to enhance or accentuate movement.
Tassels can be simple or elaborate works of art. In the Asian region tassels are often more elaborately made than in Africa, where leather often dominates. Afghan tassels for example are often decorated with silver, glass beads, beadwork or shells. Sometimes tassels replace a woman’s hair in regions where the veil is used (check our page on hairpieces). For instance the rich silk tassels used in Jordan. For more information see also www.ancientbeadwork.com for beaded tassels.