Age: 67
Children: 1 son and 5 daughters, 14 grandkids, 2 great-grandkids
Village: Kosalar, Tetriskaro, Republic of Georgia

While Suraya’s family is originally from Kosalar, an entirely tea-drinking Azerbaijaini village, she grew up in nearby Bolisini, a predominately Georgian town. Suraya picked up various Georgian culinary traditions there, including brewing coffee and making Georgian-style cheeses.

Despite her Georgian childhood surroundings, Suraya still learned Azerbaijani traditions at home. She and her three sisters learned to weave carpets from their mom, and she has continued to carry on the tradition until the present. She both enjoys the activity of rug weaving, and the craft helps supplement her family’s income.