Ikorta: Georgia Art Workshop: Make Enamel Jewelry & Explore Local Culture

Georgia Art Workshop: Make Enamel Jewelry & Explore Local Culture

Tserovani IDP Settlement, Georgia

Ikorta

Social Enterprise

4-5 hours
From$38 USDPer person

100% of host revenue is invested back into the local community

Using traditional Georgian techniques, Ikorta’s designers make enamel jewelry and other handicrafts entirely by hand, fusing old traditions and modern fashion.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit an artisan community of women jewelry makers in Tserovani Settlement and help sustain and promote a beautiful artistic tradition.
  • Discover your talent for making enamel jewelry and create a one-of-a-kind souvenir to bring home with you.
  • Explore and enjoy the rich culture and delicious cuisine of South Ossetia while connecting with local community members.

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.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Monday - Saturday by appointment

  • Start Time

    11 AM

  • Duration

    4-5 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Youth, People with disabilities, Children 8+

  • Languages

    English, Arabic, Georgian, Russian

  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 6

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

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.

3 Visitor Reviews

  • September 14, 2016

    Thank you! This was such a fun and amazing experience! Such talented artists to learn from!

  • July 9, 2016

    Great fun, excellent assistance, and delicious food – thank you!

  • November 30, 2015

    Very welcoming atmosphere, nice and helpful ladies, tasty cake and lunch – a lot of fun.

Tour Start Address

Row 11, Cottage 1624, Tserovani IDP Settlement, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Georgia

How To Get There

By car:
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.

By marshutka:
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.

More About Ikorta

Mission

To provide the women of the Tserovani IDP Settlement with professional training to increase their employment opportunities and financial independence.

Main Programs

  • Confidence and peacebuilding

  • Professional development

  • Youth and women's empowerment

  • Local culture promotion and popularization

  • Non-formal education

Awards & Recognition

Let Girls Learn
Grant Winner
USAID Small Projects Assistance
Grant Winner
European Foundation Centre
Partner
Peace Corps
Partner
U.S. Embassy Tbilisi
Partner