“Khinkali” are traditional Georgian dumplings, often made with meat and a juicy broth inside. These felted sheep’s wool “khinkali” may not be juicy, but they make fantastic holiday tree ornaments or gifts for the dumpling lover in your life. No two are the same, so your one-of-a-kind ornament may not look exactly like the one pictured here.
These felt items are handmade by the women at Art-Koda: a social enterprise founded by the Koda Community Education Center in Georgia. Profits support the continuation of class offerings to improve employability among the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Koda settlement and to provide income for local residents. Koda IDP settlement — located 40 minutes from the capital of Tbilisi — is home to 2000 refugees, mostly former residents of South Ossetia who lost their homes and livelihoods in Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia.
Last spring we spent some time in Koda, learning how to make felt objects such as this! Read about our visit here.