Racha Hooded Scarf (Georgia)
Racha Hooded Scarf (Georgia)
- From the Georgia Collection.
- Handmade by designer-maker Liliana Maisuradze in the mountainous region of Oni, Racha.
- Pure, hand-felted merino wool with embroidery.
The Racha hooded scarf is known in Georgia as a Kabalakhi. A kabalakhi is a traditional Georgian head cover. It was typically made of woolen or woolen-silk mixture fabrics and often decorated with floral ornaments using special embroidery techniques and a tassel attached at the point. Kabalalakhi were used both by men and women. Kabalakhi is also known as a warrior’s head cover.
The Kabalakhi is regaining popularity at present due to its interesting form and multifunctional use as a scarf. I fell in love with them while I was there – I just find them to be elegant, romantic and almost fairytale-esque. Many stylish women in Georgia are now wearing them. There are several different ways in which the kabalakhi can be worn or wrapped. You can decide what you like best on a given day! You can wear it with the hood up and the long scarf tails wrapped around (or not). You can also drape it over your shoulders with the hood down in the back and the scarf tails draped in front. This would look particularly elegant over a simple dress or color scheme.
This particular hand-felted merino wool Kabalakhi is made by young Georgian designer-maker Liliana Maisuradze. It is dreamy soft with beautiful, embroidered ornamentation. A graduated of the Academy of Arts, Liliana returned back to her birth town Oni, in Racha – in the mountainous region of Georgia - and established the felt workshop “Edena” to teach felt crafts and empower local women. Liliana’s works combine traditional ornaments, motives and forms and, with her artistic vision, turns them into modern garments and accessories.
Care instructions: hand wash in cool water. Do not hang for drying. Iron with lowest heat.
This studio is a collaborator with he Georgian Arts & Culture Center (GACC), which 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.