2020 Textile Tour of Bhutan

It is with great regret that I announce the cancellation of this tour due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. I will release the 2021 tour soon and continue to watch the unfolding situation closely.
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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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Textile Tour of Bhutan March 2016: (some of) what we got up to!

IMG_1121The 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… Continue reading