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Not to be confused with Ikorta church or Ikorta castle.

Ikorta, officially known as Social Enterprise Ikorta and located in the Tserovani IDP settlement in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of the Republic of Georgia, is a social enterprise established to support the economic development and civic engagement of the displaced people of Tserovani...[1] Ikorta was founded in 2012 and is run by the non-profit organisation Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Hub, Formerly known as For Better Future. Ikorta produces handmade jewelry using the Cloisonné technique and sells its products in various shops and stalls throughout Georgia. The primary goal of Ikorta is to support women and youth with meaningful financial gain and to foster professional empowerment[2]


In 2008 tens of thousands of people were displaced from the Russo-Georgian War, and approximately 8,000 of these internally displaced persons (IDPs)[3] resettled in the Tserovani IDP settlement, which is located in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of eastern Georgia. Tserovani was created by the Georgian government for ethnic Georgians who had been living in what is now the self-proclaimed Republic of South Ossetia up until the time of the war.

Those who settled in Tserovani originated from several municipalities within South Ossetia, including but not limited to Akhalgori, Kurta, Eredvi, and Tigvi.

In 2009 the civil society organisation (CSO) For Better Future was established in Tserovani.[4] and focused on initiatives around peacebuilding and conflict resolution, professional development, women’s leadership, and youth education. In December 2021, For Better Future was rebranded and has since been known as Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Hub (MMRH). Social Enterprise Ikorta was started by For Better Future in 2012 to help IDPs both practically and economically[1]

The name Ikorta is inspired by a 12th-century church of the same name—the Ikorta Church of the Archangel—located near the city of Gori in the southern part of Georgia’s Shida Kartli region. In 1908 gold jewelry from mid-first millennium BC was discovered in Akhalgori, a town currently within the border of self-proclaimed South Ossetia, and a detail of this jewelry inspired Ikorta’s logo[1]. This jewelry, along with other items from the discovery, is housed as a collection in the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia in Tbilisi. This collection is considered to have great historical significance[5]

The ancient technique of Cloisonné to make jewelry has been used by Georgians—among other peoples—since at least the 8th century. Although various metals have been used in Cloisonné products throughout the centuries, silver is the metal of choice for Ikorta, and it is used in the form of very thin wires, which serve as borders for enameled glass.


The CEO of Social Enterprise Ikorta is Nana Chkareuli.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Metreveli, Natia (19 December 2019). "Be the change you wish to see in the world! (in Georgian)". Forbes Woman Georgia.
  2. Koplatadze, Tornike (13 April 2021). "Enamel workshop in Tserovani IDP settlement (in Georgian)". Euronews Georgia. Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  3. "10 Years since the August war! Poppy brooches and the happiness found in the enamel of women who went to war! (in Georgian)". 30 July 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  4. Khutsishvili, Mzevinar (25 June 2022). "A new life and dreams started in Tserovani from Akhalgori (in Georgian)". Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  5. "Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia". Artessere. 11 November 2022. Retrieved 11 November 2022.

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