“Ajarian Bride’s Treasure” - Irma Sharikadze’s short Documentary is a peculiar manifest giving voice to women living in mountainous Ajara, because this tradition of creating embroidery was passed down from generation to generation through the line of women.
Director and photographer Irma Sharikadze with celebrated fashion writer Diane Pernet
Since her first solo exhibition “Phantom” took place in 2004 in Old Tbilisi as a part of the Tbilisoba festival, Sharikadze has worked on both artistic and commercial projects with great success. Her most well-known exhibition named “Letters” dedicated to Frida Kahlo, the Mexican Artist was held at the GMG Gallery in Moscow 2010, in St Petersburg Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta 2013 and Contemporary Art cent M17 in Kiev 2015. Various works from this exhibition were purchased by the Moscow Museum of Modern Arts and by private foundations.
Sharikadze states Niko Pirosmani, the world famous primitive artist, and Sergei Parajanov, a famous Gerogian/Armenian film director as her main inspirers, not only for their style but also for their personal life convictions. Irma Sharikadze lives and works in Tbilisi. Her photograph of the royal couple of Georgia was featured as a coverstory of Moralmoda Magazine in December 2020.
Her most recent documentary project “Ajarian Bride’s Treasure” is a peculiar manifest giving voice to women living in mountainous Ajara, because this tradition of creating embroidery was passed down from generation to generation through the line of women.
It is especially obvious today that this voice must be heard clearly and loudly. Therefore, the dowry embroidery of Ajarian women is an art form that can freely present Georgia from a completely new perspective to the culture of the world.
Irma tells us about the handicrafts of women living in highland Ajara, the Ajarian embroidery, as one of the greatest and most significant constituents of Georgian traditional handicrafts, is in danger of being completely lost today.
In 2019 Irma went on her first expedition to Adjara to work on her project. In 2020, the Embroidery of Ajara was awarded with the status of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Monument. In 2021 she got published in National Geographic and began filming of her documentary “Adjaran bride's treasure” with TBC’s support. In 2022 film won three best documentary awards at international film festivals.
"The Ajarian Bride’s Treasure“ by Irma Sharikadze just von best documentary in ASVOFF 14 Fashion Film Festival in Paris! Link of film: https://vimeo.com/691889250
ASVOFF Awards Irma