I am pleased to announce that I will be giving a series of lectures and workshops in Bhutanese kushutara in the US this Summer 2017:
This year we are led by Patrizia Franceschinis Tshering. Living in Bhutan since 1982, married to a Bhutanese, Patrizia is an enthusiastic collector of textile art and handwoven textiles from South-South East Asia. Patrizia applies 21 years’ work in women’s development with international and non-governmental organizations with a life-long interest in textile design and hand weaving and has worked with Bhutanese master weavers and artists for decades.
I will also accompany the tour offering expertise in the techniques of Bhutanese kushutara weaving. The group will be capped at 11 guests.
This magical journey will wind through fertile valleys and villages, traversing the country to reach the little-visited textile heartland of kushutara in Eastern Bhutan. This trip is designed to deepen your experience of this fascinating country with a focus on Bhutanese textiles and opportunities to visit major sights.
The tour runs for 17 days/16 nights 23 Nov – 9 Dec 2017 and is priced at USD$$4748.00 per person (twin share/double, land package).
We had an awesome time on the 2016 tour (see photos at Textile Tour of Bhutan March 2016) and would love you to join us next year!
Note (April 2017): This tour is now fully booked, but you are still welcome to register your interest and be placed on the waiting list in case of cancellations. This also ensures you are notified immediately future tours are released.
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The Textile Traditions of Bhutan tour 2016 has come to an end in Bhutan, but the memories and insights continue to be processed as guests return home. I am hearing from some that they are now reluctant to wash textiles purchased from nomads as their smell of wood smoke evokes Bhutan so strongly. Here is a little of what we got up to…
Want to join us on the 2017 tour? Receive a copy of the itinerary by filling out the form at 2017 Textile Tour of Bhutan
I am pleased to announce that I will be giving a series of lectures and workshops in Bhutanese kushutara in the US and Canada in Fall 2015: Continue reading
I am delighted to announce that Textile Trails, The Australian Himalayan Foundation and Bhutan and Beyond have teamed up to offer a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Bhutan tailored to those with a special interest in textiles and women’s empowerment. Continue reading
I have recently enjoyed a rather clear video of kushutara weaving posted on YouTube:
It’s nice to see a close-up video of a weaver working relatively slowly. Continue reading
I have not had the opportunity to weave yathra, and only the briefest opportunity to watch it being woven. Continue reading
In addition to the backstrap loom two other kinds of looms are used in Bhutan: the frame loom and the card loom. Continue reading
The Bhutanese describe the width of these supplementary warp patterns in “legs” which are counted in the cross-hatched bars that run at right angles across the yellow and red stripes. Continue reading
In this close-up, you can see how the supplementary weft threads in this type of pattern (on the green ground in this gho) are taken all the way to the rainbow stripes, and the point where they reverse direction is hidden there. Continue reading
Thrima means “to coil” and there are several ways the Bhutanese coil the supplementary weft threads in their kushu designs. Continue reading
Sapma designs look very similar to supplementary weft patterns from non-Bhutanese weaving traditions, except that the Bhutanese technique is not visible on the reverse of the fabric. The other difference is that thread ends are worked as pairs. Continue reading
The rigid part of a Bhutanese backstrap loom consists of a platform to sit on connected to a vertical frame Continue reading