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Bhutan Textile Tour Packages

Bhutanese Textile

One of Bhutan’s unique art forms is its rich textile weaving tradition that is known for its vibrant use of colour, patterns, dyeing methods and weaving techniques.

It is also the only traditional art dominated by Bhutanese women who are the owners and innovators of this artistic skill, nurtured and developed from generation to generation.

Weaving in Bhutan is a home based skill, practiced and honed by its women using a back strap loom. Most of the designs and patterns are inspired by nature and Buddhist themes although inspiration for some patterns come beyond the national borders such as the Jana Chari or the great wall.

Bhutan’s vibrant textile weaving tradition continues to attract attention of collectors and scholars because of its highly refined aesthetics manifested in intricate patterning unique to Bhutan, all done on a ordinary back strap loom.

The textiles are a cultural storehouse and play a key role in the social and religious life of the Bhutanese. Not long ago woven brocade were a measure of wealth and status. Even today special weaves worn on special occasions and functions to indicate social status. According to some Buddhist scholars the motifs and designs of Bhutanese textiles manifest ancient wisdom and is a source of knowledge.

The Bhutan textile tour package will take you across the country, starting from the emporiums where intricate weaves are displayed to the homes of the most celebrated weavers in the eastern part of the country. To a large extent the refinement in Bhutanese weaving is because of the patronage of the aristocracy and of the royalty in the past century.

Bhutanese weaves are today valued not only for their economic value and aesthetics but as a symbol of Bhutan’s highly refined artistic heritage.