Kemal Turmanidze’s Ethnographic Museum BORJGHALO

Posted on December 15, 2016. Filed under: Adjara, Around Georgia, culture |

By Tika Bujiashvili

On December 15, 2016 a presentation of Ethnographic Museum Borghalo was held at Folklore State centre of Georgia. Tourist companies were invited at the presentation to introduce the museum to foreign tourists. The museum was introduced with photos. All the videos, taken about the museum, also were shown to the guests. Mr.Giorgi Gabunia, a deputy director of Folklore State centre of Georgia, and Tsisana Marindashvili, a head of Fine And Applied Art,  made a speech and talked about Mr. Kemal’s achivements. Jemal Chkuaseli, the art director of the ensemble Erisioni, said that he is a prominent master of special woodcarving techniques and guardian of the distinctive traditions of Georgian heritage.

As the director of the museum Mr. Kemal Turmanidze said, the museum doesn’t have an analogue in Georgia. There are fifty two mannequins and all of them except 10 are made by him. All maquettes of the buildings are done also by him. It took 30 years to do everything though as Mr Kemal says there is still much to do. Next year he is going to have wine and food tasting at the museum. He is also going to build a bridge in front of the 9 m height man-made waterfall, were tourist will be able to take spectacular photos with the background of museum. The bridge will be analogue of of Queen Tamar’s.
Kemal Turmanidze is a Georgian public master, Laureate of Tedo Sakhokia Aword and winner of other prizes. In 2012 Mr.Kemal Turmanidze received the Companion of  the Order of Honour for his works. Altogether, 52 articles were published about his activities.
In the end Kemal Turmanidze thanked tourist companies for showing their interests and invited them to his museum.

See Mr. Kemal’s speech here: (The video is in Georgian with cc. It is a content not a synchrony).

More details about the museum see here:

Photos are available here:

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Kemal Turmanidze’s Ethnographic Museum. Adjara, Georgia

Posted on November 5, 2016. Filed under: culture, Videos | Tags: , , , |

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Kemal Turmanidze’s Ethnographic Museum in Batumi, Adjara

Posted on October 30, 2016. Filed under: culture |

By Tika Bujiashvili

Ethnographic Museum Borjghalo is located in Kakhaberi Settlement, Batumi, Georgia. It is 20 minutes drive from Batumi centre by bus and it is also close to Makhuntseti Waterfall.

Kemal Turmnaidze’s Museum was opened here, on 14 Mikheil Sharashenidze St, three months ago, though previously it  was in old Batumi. Later Government gave him a 3 000 sq.m of land where he built all necessary well -equipped buildings, enriched his fantasy, which enables visitors to get acquainted with a real Adjarian village. He himself prepared models of dwelling, agricultural and defense buildings, where he highlighted daily life of one Adjarian family both-rich and poor.

As we found out all mannequins except three are also made by him and they even wear his own clothes.

In the Museum there is a special place, where you can find approximately two hundred works of his wood-cutting activity, such as decorative pannos, which are his exclusives and also winner of several exhibitions, vessels for drinking, which are also special as you can find a special vessel for lovers, to say a toast for Georgia and etc, bowls and other interesting works of art. To make all these things took more than thirty years.

Ethnograpgic museum Borjghalo is  a must see place which mesmerizes you with the hospitality of Mr Kemal Turmanidze, the owner of the Museum , who with his three children will be your guide and explain everything in details(In English, Russian and Turkish). He clearly remembers how and when each thing was made, also which material was used and why and if it is possible to use another one. Feel free to ask any question to Mr Kemal, he will have answers on them.

He has many future plans. In the yard of Museum you can find vine. Next year he is going to have vine tasting in his museum. So, bring the whole family and explore the experience of art and culture with exciting and inspiring environment.

From Batumi take the bus N 12, Mini-Buses N 39, 49, 56, 119 132 to the museum.

Photos are available here:

Thank you to Maya Dolidze to do a great job for me!

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