“Sisatura” is a Megrelian Ethno Village in The Village…
“located in Chkhoria, near Zugdidi. The history and traditions of the Samegrelo region are collected and revived here. There are traditional facilities and unique household items located under the open sky. A small farm allows you to put yourself in the shoes of a farmer and prepare traditional dishes, grind maize, and get involved in other different activities. There is an artificial lake in the ethno-village too, where you can fish, walk in nature, taste traditional dishes, and enjoy the Kolkhic peace.”
It can be said that “Sisatura” is a Megrelian micro village, where the traditions start before entering the yard.
First, while visiting an ethno-village, you will see a woman and a man standing at the entrance to the yard. You will meet Marika Todua and Ermine Chitanava, the hostess and host of the ethno-village. The intersection of the guests and the Megrelian culture-traditions starts right at the gate. Hosts are meet their guests at the entrance of the yard and prove them with small wooden cups of Dirfa, Megrelian fruit vodka, which visitor should drink, bless and pray upon each other and also knock the horse’s skull three times on the way. This is an ancient Megrelian tradition and without its fulfillment you will not be able to get into “Sisatura”.
Ethno-Village offers guests a time travel in medieval Samegrelo and a thorough acquaintance with Megrelian culture. This can be: tasting Megrelian dishes, culinary master class, making Ghomi (corn pudding) and laying on a traditional lime table without plates, tasting wine from a pitcher or Okhvamuri (small pitcher), fishing, walking on the lake, visiting the mill, etc.
In the ethno-village you will meet a big hut, a building where people used to live with cattle. Here, too, stands a Jargvali a small wooden cottage built without any nails. In “Sisatura” there is one beautiful old wooden cottage Oda with a separate kitchen space. In the most important dwelling, in the cultural core of “Sisatura”, in Oda, you will meet ancient pottery, traditional clothes, household items and furniture left by our ancestors. Should not the village have its own field?! So, “Sisatura” also has a beautiful field of its own. Eventually the flowing lake that you cannot miss, with a lovely small island and The ancestral mill of the Chitanaves has been erected there, and it turns out that this mill inspired the hostess to build an ethno-village.
If in the future you will decide to escape away from the noise of the city, at least for a while, or to get rid of negative information and news, you can take a trip to “Sisatura” ethnographical village, and travel centuries away from reality, to medieval Samegrelo.
Like most tourist activities, the “Sisatura” village is also stalled at the moment, although as hosts say, they are ready to get back to the work, as soon as it will be allowed. “Sisatura” plans to come back with an open café, lot like picnic atmosphere. At the same time the Ethno Village will still rejoice guest with ethnical and agricultural tours, cooking masterclasses, traditional Megrelian cuisine and Georgian “Sufra” (gathering and dinning) accompanied by live performance of Georgian folklore music. Guest will also have the opportunity to take a stroll with a boat, attend and arrange events and just enjoy magical atmosphere of the Ethno Village Sisatura.
We hope that the hosts will soon be able to return to activities and resume hosting in the ethno-village and before that happens…
Good luck to the ethno village “Sisatura.”
If you want to learn more about Georgian traditional cuisine, you can get acquainted with Dambalkhacho preparation techniques.