These felted sheep’s wool “qvevri” are tiny versions of the real underground clay vessels traditionally used for fermenting wine. They make fantastic holiday tree ornaments or gifts for the wine lover in your life. No two are the same, so your one-of-a-kind qvevri may look different than the photo.
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.