Ethnographic Drawings by Nino Brailashvili, 1930s-1980s

Nino Brailashvili was an ethnographic artist who produced a vast body of work throughout the Soviet period. Her detailed illustrations of historic houses, costumes, crafts, and rituals are considered an invaluable resource now that many of her subjects are no longer practiced or produced. You can also find many of her drawings on display at the Tbilisi Doll Museum.

West Georgian "Oda" style house, 1949

West Georgian “Oda” style house, 1949

house in Gremiskhevi village, 1947

house in Gremiskhevi village, 1947

Interior of a house in Shida Kartli (South Ossetia) with a carved mother column, 1947

Interior of a house in Shida Kartli (South Ossetia) with a carved mother column, 1947

Uremi (bullock cart)

Uremi (bullock cart)

Details of a Khevsur woman's dress, 1960s

Details of a Khevsur woman’s dress, 1960s

Different ways of wearing a qabalakhi (man's headdress) in Samegrelo

Different ways of wearing a qabalakhi (man’s headdress) in Samegrelo

Types of Georgian regional dwellings

Types of Georgian regional dwellings

East Georgian costumes: Kartlian peasant, craftsman, and merchant; upper class Kartlians; Ingilo couple

East Georgian costumes: Kartlian peasant, craftsman, and merchant; upper class Kartlians; Ingilo couple

Elements of Georgian national costumes

Elements of Georgian national costumes

Nini Brailashvili in the 1930s

Nini Brailashvili in the 1930s

Traditional farming equipment

Traditional farming equipment

Traditional furniture and utensils

Traditional furniture and utensils

Georgian weapons and armor

Georgian weapons and armor

Grave markers from Tianeti, Kakheti

Grave markers from Tianeti, Kakheti

Grave markers from Kvemo Kartli

Grave markers from Kvemo Kartli

Headgear of a woman in mourning

Headgear of a woman in mourning

Headgear of a married Khevsur woman

Headgear of a married Khevsur woman

Georgian highlander costumes: Tush, Khevsur, Svan, and Rachian

Georgian highlander costumes: Tush, Khevsur, Svan, and Rachian

House of Kosta Pirveli in Iphari village, Svaneti, 1944

House of Kosta Pirveli in Iphari village, Svaneti, 1944

Possessed woman in Khatkhevi village, 1939-40

Possessed woman in Khatkhevi village, 1939-40

Sacred flag cross from Iori Gorge, Kakheti, 1939-40

Sacred flag cross from Iori Gorge, Kakheti, 1939-40

Cross section of a Khevsur house

Cross section of a Khevsur house

small tablecloth

small tablecloth

Stand for votives in Akhieli village, Khevsureti, 1947

Stand for votives in Akhieli village, Khevsureti, 1947

Tablecloth from Amiri village, Mtiuleti

Tablecloth from Amiri village, Mtiuleti

Traditional methods of transport and communication

Traditional methods of transport and communication

Alehouse at Copala's shrine in Kushkhevi village, Kakheti, 1939-40

Alehouse at Copala’s shrine in Kushkhevi village, Kakheti, 1939-40

Types of ploughs used in rural Georgia

Types of ploughs used in rural Georgia

Types of mother columns

Types of mother columns

West Georgian costumes: Mingrelian, Gurian, Imeretian, and Adjarian

West Georgian costumes: Mingrelian, Gurian, Imeretian, and Adjarian

 

Source

Brailashvili, Nino. “Georgia As I Saw It: Ethnographic Sketches.” Tbilisi, 1990.

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