Still life with chichilaki

30 x 30 cm, print on canvas

ARTIST

Olga

Skhirtladze

Olga Skhirtladze. Аn artist, musicologist and journalist. Works as an illustrator and editor of a children's magazine. Participant of various art projects and exhibitions. The paintings are in private collections in Russia, Austria, Georgia, Armenia.

An old custom has been revived in Georgia, when chichilaki is placed in houses for the Christmas. They are made from a branch of a walnut tree: thin strips of wood are removed in layers from the bottom up, leaving them to stick at the upper end. The result is a curly planed "herringbone", which is otherwise called "basila" – that is, the beard of St. Basil. The church memory of Saint Basil the Great falls on the so-called "Old New Year", and in Georgia he is very much revered.