These pieces came from the Pashtun people in Afghanistan. My (Jewish) supplier says
"You will want to note that Pashtun, the majority ethnic group in Afghanistan were formerly pagan and converted to Islam "back in the day" by force. Pashtun have much Hebrew blood in them, I am not sure which tribe."
Some irony there, I think--however, here are some lovely beaded pieces from them, 4 of the 6 I have in the shape of Jewish stars!