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The Georgian Exhibit has been inaugurated at Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum on the occasion of the visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili to Qatar on June 20.
Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili and Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani jointly inaugurated the Georgian Exhibit at FBQ Museum in presence of Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Ilia Darchiashvili and representatives of the Georgian delegation who are currently visiting the country. Ambassador of Georgia to the State of Qatar HE Nikoloz Revazishvili, embassy representatives, and FBQ Museum management also attended the opening of the Georgian Section.
The Georgian Section has been created thanks to donation form the country’s embassy. It has been enriched with integral items from FBQ Museum’s unique collection. Among the artefacts, visitors can find ancient rugs from Georgia, single design scarfs (Mandili), rug and stained-glass paintings with Georgian traditional ornaments inspired by the country’s cotton and silk textiles dating back to early 18th, 19th and 20th century.
Among the most distinguished exhibits is the ‘King’s Clothes’ created for the Georgian Exhibit at FBQ Museum by the Georgian textile designer Ekaterine Geguchadze. The costume is a replica of a royal 18th century dress of King Erekle II, selected from the catalogue of Georgian Art Palace - Textile. A silk coat and hat complete the head-to-toe ensemble of Sharvali trousers, a shirt, red leather shoes, vest, and an embroidered belt.
As the outfit re-enacts the depicted dress worn by Georgian King Erekle II, the fine materials, personalised gemstone and feather brooch embody the noblemen’s prestige. King Erekle II was a Georgian Monarch of the Bagrationi dynasty (1744-1798). Also known as Patara Kakhi in Georgia, King Erekle II unified two eastern Georgian kingdoms of Kartli and Kakheti after three centuries of division.
Until this day, bright colours are used to dye silk textiles through the cold batik painting technique in patterns inspired by Georgia’s nature and folkloric traditions. The Georgian Exhibit also features the ancient Georgian sword made from the steel, bronze and wood repeating the details and the shape of the sword of King Erekle II.
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani welcomed Georgia’s Prime Minister and the delegation, and inaugurated the Georgian Exhibit in the museum. The Prime Minister and the delegation were then led by Sheikh Faisal on a tour of the museum’s various sections, including the Qatari, Arab, and Islamic sections, the Car Museum, and the Cultural Village of Qatar.
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