Ikorta is a social enterprise whose designers make enamel jewelry and other handicrafts entirely by hand using traditional Georgian techniques, fusing old traditions and modern fashion.
Tour revenue will be invested in providing support to local IDP artisans as well as the NGO For Better Future’s community projects in the Tserovani IDP Settlement.
Monday - Saturday by appointment
Adults, Families, Youth, People with disabilities, Children 8+
English, Arabic, Georgian, Russian
Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)
1 to 6
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Design and create your own enamel jewelry while experiencing unique cultural exchange in the Tserovani IDP Settlement, located only 30 minutes north of Tbilisi! The women of the social enterprise Ikorta will lead a hands-on enamel jewelry workshop, sharing their artistic and cultural heritage from their former homes in South Ossetia.
Choose from a variety of color pallets and silver forms including rings, cufflinks, bracelets, pendants, and earrings to design your own unique piece of jewelry. Designers will provide guidance and finish the jewelry by sealing and polishing it. The final piece will be delivered to you within one week of your visit. You will also have the opportunity to taste traditional dishes from South Ossetia for lunch. Additional enamel jewelry will be available for sale.
Row 11, Cottage 1624, Tserovani IDP Settlement, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Georgia
Drive north from Tbilisi in the direction of Mtskheta. Continue on highway E60 past Mtskheta and follow the road as it curves west. After the bridge, you will pass a gas station on your right. The next right turn (a covered bus stop is at the turn) will take you into Tserovani. Take another right at the police station and then take the first left. The For Better Future office is on the corner of 11th street.
Take the metro to Didube metro stop. As you exit the metro platform, take the stairs leading down to the underground tunnel. At the bottom of the stairs turn right. Walk through the tunnel, past the market stalls, and walk to the main departure square for marshrutkas. There are two marshrutkas to the settlement: Tserovani Gamgioba Skola and Tserovani II.
Take the marshrutka to the Tserovani Gamgioba Skola. The ticket cost 1 GEL and the ride should take about 30min. Marshrutkas leave on the hour and half hour. The marshrutka travels north out of Tbilisi, past Mtskheta, then continues on the highway west to Gori. Soon after merging onto the westbound highway, you will turn off at the police station and enter the settlement. Count 11 streets and the For Better Future office will be on your right side on the corner of 11th street.
There is a sign with the sun on the outside building.
To provide the women of the Tserovani IDP Settlement with professional training to increase their employment opportunities and financial independence.
Confidence and peacebuilding
Youth and women's empowerment
Local culture promotion and popularization