The living art of weaving has always been integral to Bhutan’s culture and the government has constantly made efforts to keep it alive. Moving in the same direction, Her Majesty Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck had the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan set up in 2005. This academy aims to preserve as well as promote this art. Apart from exhibiting the works of weaving, the academy works as a non-profit, non-governmental educational institution for training students in this art form.
A look inside…
The modern building with a traditional look houses a textile shop, selling kiras. Each item in the shop has been labelled with the price as well as the weaver’s name. In another room of the building is a collection of textiles, dating back to the 17th century, which also includes a royal assemblage of textiles worn by queens of Bhutan. Rest of the rooms have looms and all the other facilities for weavers to learn and hone this skill. Occasionally, the academy also hosts textile fashion shows.
Situated in- Norzin Lam, Thimphu
Opening Hours- 9:00am – 4:00pm (Closed on Sundays)
Entry Charges- Nu 10 (for Bhutanese nationals); Nu 25 (for SAARC nationals) and Nu 150 (for all others)
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