Nino Brailashvili (1899-1991)

Nino Brailashvili was an ethnographic artist who prepared a vast body work throughout the Soviet Period. Her detailed illustrations of historic houses, costumes, crafts, and rituals are considered an invaluable resource now that many of her subjects are no longer practiced or produced.

She worked as an artist at the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of Georgian National Academy of Sciences. Nino took part in many scientific expeditions throughout Georgia and Dagestan, produced various sketches depicting all fields of Georgian art and crafts.

In 1927 she founded Tbilisi Doll Museum and the dolls reflecting national character created by her were awarded at various international exhibitions and concerts.