If you are someone who is looking forward to exploring the culture of the small country located between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, this blog is designed for you.
Right in the middle of Georgia there is a small settlement called Tserovani, where every visitor can enjoy Georgia's traditional culture and long-lasting history, and can become a part of and fall in love with Georgia even more.
A little about internally displaced artists
Just about 10 years ago this little village, with identically sized houses, didn’t even exist, but in 2008, after the Russian occupation, 8,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) were settled. It was a long period of dark hours, but unexpectedly, enamel art became a solution. First, IDPs began to study this kind of art, and after hard work and strong will, the enamel studio Ikorta opened. Enamel art became a way for people to share their stories, thoughts, pain and joy. This became a motivation for others. Artists began creating jewelry, and they began to teach visitors enamel art. Meanwhile, Tserovani and Ikorta became a desired place to visit. Attend the workshop they provide and explore enamel art and its unique beauty.
A little about enamel art
It is remarkable that the art of Georgian cloisonne enamel has existed for no less than 1,200 years. It is the ancient technique of decorating metalwork objects, mostly used for jewelry and small fittings for clothes, weapons or similar small objects decorated with geometric designs, with thick cloison walls. The largest enamelled work of art in the world - Khakhuli triptych - was made by Georgian and Byzantine enamel artists.
Fortunately, Georgia cloisonne enamel art is still trendy; old technologies with a modern attitude became the next stage for Georgian enamel art to spread.
So here is where the journey begins...
Tourists who are looking for an intercultural experience in art and also enjoy DIY attend special enamel jewelry workshops at Ikorta. They become time travelers with enamel artists, people who have lost everything and found their path again, full of motivation and hope. Artists tell the history of ancient art and culture of Georgia. Visitors make their own jewelry and find bliss and joy, while participating in a unique cultural exchange. They feel connected to the Georgian culture, which becomes an unforgettable life-long memory.
Almost everything in Georgian culture is related to centuries-old history. So, if you desire more involvement in the culture while visiting Georgia, try to prepare a Georgian dish or handmade crafts, which will create unforgettable memories. Do you wonder what is worth trying and what will become a heartwarming memory? Then follow us!
Georgian cloisonne enamel art
Georgian traditional cloisonne enamel art is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, mostly used for jewellery and small fittings for clothes, weapons or similar small objects decorated with geometric designs, with thick cloison walls. The Khakhuli triptych, a large gold altarpiece with over 100 Georgian and Byzantine plaques, dating from the 8th to 12th centuries, is said to be the largest enamelled work of art in the world. Nowadays, Georgian enamel art is still popular and you can make your own jewelry in special studios and, besides being fun and relaxing to make, it is one of the best ways to explore and get familiar with old Georgian culture.
Georgian ceramics has a millenia-old history, which is confirmed by archaeological research. Even now, this culture is favoured and used in making pitchers, tiles, and various vessels. Georgian ceramics has a distinctive style of painting that will help you understand our cultural peculiarities.
Felt is one of the oldest methods of creating and processing tissue fabric. Felt can be used to make carpets, rugs, clothes, hats, shoes, Georgian traditional chokha and burka. Historically, felt processing reflected family traditions and folk handcrafting and was very laborious. Nowadays, felt culture is still admired and it is a legacy of Georgian folk art.
Georgian bread baking
Kakhetian Shoti is a Georgian bread - one of those unforgettable flavors associated with the Georgian table. Skilled bakers will teach you how to put the dough in a hot clay tone (big baking boiler) and how to bake Kakhetian Shoti bread.
Vintage, grapes and churchkhela
Wine and grapes are one of the strongest symbols of Georgia. Picking the grapes with your hands, then standing in the wine extractor (“Satsnakhelil” in Georgian ) and pressing the grapes, is a pleasurable experience. You will never forget the churchkhela-making process - nuts threaded with string, immersed in badagi (thick grape juice), with a taste that's impossible to forget.