Textile Tour of Bhutan 2019: some of our experiences

Textile Trails’ 2019 tour of Bhutan was scheduled to coincide with three festivals and to give even greater opportunities for immersion and hands-on learning.

As ever, we were warmly welcomed by our Bhutanese hosts across the country.

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New Thrima Exhibition at RTA in Thimphu, Bhutan

What a wonderful time to be visiting Bhutan! I love the thrima technique and will be there in December to see this new exhibition.  Continue reading

Textiles imitating textiles: Bhutanese embroidery

Recently I wrote about the imitation of shibori in embroideries on display in the exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson at the National Textile Museum in Washington, DC (Textiles Imitating Textiles).

A few days ago, I was privileged to view the beautiful textiles submitted for Bhutan’s national textile competition and enjoyed another embroidery that beautifully portrayed textiles. 
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Bhutan: Royal Textile Academy Fashion Show

RTA fashion parade

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

Royal Wedding Outfits

Recently the King of Bhutan married his bride, Jetsun Pema. Watching the ceremony taking place in Punakha, I heard Bhutanese wondering why the King was wearing floral brocade rather than one of his many handsome aikapur ghos, which they considered more typically Bhutanese. Continue reading