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. Continue reading
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 recently encountered a Bhutanese kira that is unlike any other I have seen. The weaver has pushed the boundaries both literally and figuratively. 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
Recently I enjoyed browsing through the sumptuous kushutara brocades paraded down the catwalk at the Window to Woven Dreams fashion show held at the opening of the new Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan. Continue reading
A short break in Australia has given me a chance to catch up with the contents of parcels mailed home. Here are some clearer photos of the kushutara samples I wove in Bhutan. Continue reading
A stiff 3-hour walk up the hill from Khoma (1000m higher) brought us to Goenpaka, where the standard of kushutara weaving is even higher. Here the weavers’ skills are so highly valued that they are completely spared from working in the fields, and can weave throughout the day and into the evening.
I had the great joy of spending 5 days in the village of Khoma in Lhuentse, Eastern Bhutan, the area famed for weaving kushutara.
Tsechu (festival) time is heaven for a textile voyeur like me. Everyone wears their finest clothes, and in Paro that meant the opportunity to see many especially fine kushutara kiras on the women. Continue reading