Chitebi - Traditional Georgian Wool Slippers (Georgia)

Chitebi - Traditional Georgian Wool Slippers (Georgia)

90.00
  • From the Georgia Collection
  • 100% Georgian wool, handmade by artisans through a collaboration with the Georgian Arts & Culture Center (GACC). 
  • I currently only have four pair. Sizes: 37 (US women's 6-7), 40 (US women's 8.5-9), 41 (US women's 9.5-10; men's 8), 42 (US women's 10-10.5; men's 8.5-9). Please inquire about a custom order if I do not have your size. 
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“Chitebi” are traditional footwear from the mountainous regions of Georgian, particularly Tusheti and Khevsureti. They are entirely handmade, including the soles. The upper, knitted part is decorated with traditional patterns and ornaments. Traditionally those for women were more colorful while the ones for men were rather simple. Chitebi are still popular in Georgia and are widely used as slippers.

Entirely made from wool, chitebi are very soft and comfortable yet rustic from the use of local wool (wear socks if they're too itchy). They are said to have medicinal properties, in that the they stimulate blood circulation, making them helpful for those with arthritis, rheumatisms and other diseases. There are also some references that Tusheti mothers used to put a men’s chiteb, which they knit themselves, under the pillow of their daughters on a special day to help them see their future husband in their dreams. 

Caution: because the sole is woolen, the chitebi can be a little slippery, which may be problematic for elderly people.

Care instructions: you can clean them with a vacuum cleaner to remove fuzz. They can can be hand washed in warm water and air dried. 

More about the GACC: The Georgian Arts & Culture Center (GACC) has worked in the field of safeguarding Georgian Heritage Crafts since 1995. GACC’s Cultural Industries & Heritage Crafts Development programme’s primary focus is the safeguarding and development of Heritage Crafts as an integral part of Georgian Intangible Cultural Heritage. With an understanding of the importance of local communities and individuals in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, GACC maintains close contact with different communities and groups living in Georgia. The Center works with more than 600 crafts actors, including internally-displace persons and other vulnerable groups. The Center cooperates with indigenous communities in the creation of new product lines, implementation of joint projects and exhibitions, and in its support of grass-roots initiatives. Website: www.gaccgeorgia.org