A small khalta (pouch) in cross stitch from Kunduz province, Afghanistan, hand-embroidered by Uzbek women of the Lakai tribe. Circa 1950. It measures 5 1/2 x 8 inches without the beaded tassles; with the beaded tassles, 7 1/2 x 9 inches. The bag is lined inside with red cotton, and the outlines on the exterior are embellished with tassles and white glass beads. Cross stitch is typically chosen for motifs set in the angles around 8-pointed stars or in designs with sections of embroidery in contrasting colors, in which the same motif is repeated in various colors, as seen in this purse. The stitches seen in Lakai embroideries are rather larger than the Hazaras' very precise cross stitching. In this case, the design is the same repeating motif, a lozenge embroidered in dynamic color contrasts. The attached string measures 25 inches. This little khalta is in excellent condition (i.e., no fraying, no holes, no stains nor fading).