Georgia Photo: Car Threshing
Roland Girgvliani, 68, spreads oat on the road in Upper Svaneti as the passing cars run over it, thus threshing it. Girgvliani says that this method was started during Soviet times, substituting the traditional ox driven threshers. The unorthodox practice became useless with the deterioration of the road following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Girgvliani says that since then, many people chose to grow vegetables instead of crops that required threshing. With the recent development of tourism in Svaneti, the road was renovated, and farmers such as Girgvliani recovered the decades-old method of 'car threshing.'
Temo Bardzimashvili is a freelance photojournalist based in Tbilisi.
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