Tbilisi’s Art Palace restores fabric worn by Georgia’s medieval nobility

  • A piece of historic clothing pattern worn by a Georgian noble family member. Photo from Art Palace/Facebook.
Agenda.ge, 9 Jun 2016 - 18:05, Tbilisi,Georgia

Tbilisi's Art Palace Museum has revealed the first group of historical Georgian garments recreated through its project to restore and promote the fabric and patterns of clothing worn by the country's nobility throughout the centuries.

The museum released images of 24 restored patterns found on garments worn by historic figures including 12th Century Georgian royals Queen Tamar and King George III as well as Princess Tamar, also known as Gurji Khatuni.

The patterns were researched via illustrations seen on medieval frescoes and clothing. Photo from Art Palace/Facebook.

Museum director Giorgi Kalandia said the working group aimed to recreate 200 garments by the time the project ended.

First launched in 2014, the initiative was announced in September of last year after a group of artists involved in the project researched archives and took part in nationwide expeditions to explore historical material.

The patterns were digitalised and reproduced on a new fabric by the working team. Photo from Art Palace/Facebook.

The six-person team included art critic Irina Saganelidze, digital designer Irakli Zambakhidze and painters Tornike Tkemaladze, Ekaterine Geguchadze, Artem Antanosyan and Irakli Gabesadze.

The creators copied fabric decorations seen on medieval frescoes and clothing before digitalising them. After this the group worked to recreate the patterns on fresh fabric.

Kalandia said his museum wanted to exhibit the restored items at international displays, include the samples in a special book and release the fabric in "serial production".

A piece of historic clothing pattern worn by a Georgian noble family member. Photo from Art Palace/Facebook.

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