Stviri (Georgian: ‘whistling’)
Ephemeral folk clarinet of Georgia. It is made of a wheat stalk (10 to 12 cm long) or the stalk of a pumpkin leaf or wild rose stem (15 to 20 cm long). The upper end is closed by a node and an idioglot reed is cut in the stem just below the node. It has four to six fingerholes and one thumbhole, producing a diatonic scale. In the past, it was used at family and public rituals and festivals, but it has since been ousted there by the droneless, horn-belled ...