Art and culture of Georgia

Traditional Georgian art is mainly represented by highly artistic items made of ceramics, metal, wood. Georgia is famous for its jewelry craftsmanship, engraving on metal and cold steel craftsmanship.

Minancari is a jewelry technique of cloisonne enamel, that became famous for its unique color and richness of types, genres and styles. During many centuries the European, Oriental and Georgian cultural traditions organically intertwined in it. Unique ancient handicraft techniques is revived and new ones is developed. According to the earliest surviving samples, the art of Georgian cloisonne enamel has at least 1,200 years of existence.

Georgian Ceramics is an art with a long history that continues to live nowadays among ordinary people.
Huge variety of elegant products — plates, vases, jugs — can be bought in many souvenir shops in Tbilisi and other towns. In almost every place of Georgia you will find shops full of kitchen utensils made of red clay. Pots, pans, bowls, mugs, jugs will be displayed directly on the street, for example, along the road leading from Tbilisi to the coast.

Georgian Painting is unique. Georgian artists are peculiar to a special view of the world as if they see it through magic glasses. Their pictures are realistic and magical at the same time! Stroll through Shardeni Street and take a look at the small, in-home art galleries. 

Music and Dances in Georgia - There are few countries in the world with such a high choral culture as Georgia. The national identity of the Georgian people was fully manifested in the multi-voiced choral song. Roots of these polyphonic chants date back to the 5th century. Initially, it existed only as a folk but after the adoption of Christianity it acquired the status of a church chants. A special vocal technique of singing in three voices is characteristic for Georgian polyphony. Usually men sing in Georgia. All Georgian songs can be divided into ceremonial, feast and dance songs.

Dances in Georgia are divided into solo, pair and group. Women move gracefully, in small steps. Men demonstrate their belligerence that is expressed in fast movements, high jumps and bold pirouettes. The back, in both men and women, always remains straight and motionless.

There is such a thing as a "dance dialect" in Georgia. This means that each region of Georgia has its own special manner of performing dances. This is how the Kakheti, Kartli, Racha, Svan, Mingrelia, Imereti, Guria, Adjara, Mtiulian dances differ.

Georgian cuisine is one of the earliest cuisines in the world. Most of the dishes and drinks came up in the ancient Georgian states of Kolkhida (Egrisi) and Diaoha in the second millennium BC. They practically did not change later (shotis puri, khinkali, soup-kharcho, churchkhela, suluguni, khachapuri, mzhave, Satsivi, etc.). Some recipes of world significance were created by the Proto-Georgian tribes as far back as the fifth millennium BC (honey, cheese and wine). Many of the Georgian dishes such as spatchcock, kharcho, khachapuri are widely known in the world and have become virtually international.

There are different western and eastern regional cuisines in Georgia.


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