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Yves Saint Laurent Multicolored Braided Tassel and Beaded Belt YSL 1990s


African beading and traditional African elements appear throughout Saint Laurent’s designs. By drawing a rather pure inspiration from the diverse craftsman practices of the continent, Saint Laurent has been able to capture African attributed styles in popular, modern accessory designs.

This braided belt is made from silk cords of orange, teal, olive green and deep rust tones. The belt is quite long, designed to be a wrap belt which highlights the belt’s end that incorporates a combination of passementerie knots of the espresso brown cord and a sequence of presumably onyx ball beads, and veined discs made of agate stone. The bead pattern terminates with tassels—one made of the olive green cord and the other in deep rust. The weaving of the cord in the multiple color creates a satisfying visual rhythm while the beadwork at the ends introduces a creative finish that offers some versatility to this accessory to be worn as a belt, possibly a necklace or even add some pizzazz to a basic cross-body by using it as a strap.

Size estimate: One size fits most


Length: 78 inches of braided belt, 12 inches of bead and tassel embellishment on each end.

Width: 3/4 inch

The combination of the silk cording, the onyx beads, and the agate stone allow for a harmony of natural elements. The belt is fully adjustable which gives it the bonus of being utilized in a variety of ways. It is in excellent condition. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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