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Khevsurians in traditional wearing (apr. 1900)

Khevsurians (Georgian: ხევსურები) – ethnographical group of Georgians, mainly living in Khevsureti, on both sides of the Caucasus Mountain Chain in the watersheds of the rivers Aragvi and Argun. There are some villages in Khevi, Ertso-Tianeti, Kakheti (Shiraki), Kvemo Kartli (Gardabani) also where Khevsurians reside. Khevsurians speak the Georgian language in Khevsurian dialect. For a long time Khevsurians have been keeping traditional culture: clothing, weapons, and polyphonic music.[1]

Khevsurians first are mentioned in the 10th-century manuscripts. In 1745 they were described by Vakhushti Bagrationi in his work “Description of the Kingdom of Georgia”.

Anthropologically Khevsurians have slim, east Georgian type of face, due to harsh living conditions in mountain area many of them are thin. Khevsurians generally have light colored eyes and hair color is ranging from blonde to brown.


  1. ^ Большая советская энциклопедия. Гл. ред. Б. А. Введенский, 2-е изд. Т. 46. Фусе — Цуруга. 1957. 672 стр., илл. и карты; 48 л. илл. и карт.

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