In old days, Vartsli was used to prepare dough. The tableware was made from solid wood, had a long, deep shape with both ends pointing upwards. Sometimes it was cut from a whole tree log, and sometimes binded with wooden slices.
The tableware had its own cap – Oromi, which also served as a big plate. They were putting dough on Oromi and bringing it to the bakery.
In the old Georgian houses and dining rooms, Vartsli was placed near the main pillar of the house, on a shelf. Placing it on this honorable place was highlighting it’s meaning and value.
Huge sized Vartsli was also used as a storing place.
In Kiziki the people who were creating Vartsli were called Mevartsle.