Tbilisi Report: Georgian Designers Show Homegrown Pride in Surprising Ways

Georgians have always had a proud attitude toward their country. The tiny nation has an estimated population of around 4 and a half million, but its ancient culture has survived Soviet rule, as well a 2008 conflict with Russia. As with Ukraine, where the traditional vyshyvanka came into popularity after the Euromaidan conflict began in 2013, and Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Georgians have recently embraced native dress, too. In its own 2008 conflict with Russia, Georgia saw a spike in the chokha—a traditional men’s jacket with decorative cartridges on the chest. The U.S. election may explain a recent surge in Georgian pride in fashion, too: There is a general feeling of anxiety about the U.S. president-elect’s relationship with Russia.

Source: http://www.vogue.com/13501316/tbilisi-fashion-week-report-wrap-up/