Textile Art of Bhutan
In Bhutan textiles are considered the highest form of art and spiritual expressions. One of the most common craft in Bhutan is the weaving culture called the Handlooms. Weaving is an ancient skill identified with women and it is practiced mostly in eastern Bhutan. The handicraft of Bhutan are unique in their indigeneous technique. Bhutanese
Types of Textiles in Bhutan (Clothing)
This is a handwoven kira (womens wrapped garment) made of silk. Bhutanese clothing are made of woolen weaving, cotton, silk, and other high quality fibers that are popular in central part of Bhutan. It is woven with various patterns and most of the designs and patterns of weaves are unique to the country. Clothing are of various kinds including
The picture at the left is the bhutanese plate made of Nut wood especially walnut tree. It is usually called a Dapa in Bhutanese concept. These kind of product are made by carving where skilled persons are engaged in work for making this.
Paintings are mostly found in temples, monasteries and offices with different patterns and they are shown as the donor figures making offerings to the buddhist deities. They most probably resemble our guardian deities of the past.
Religion and People
People in Bhutan practice Drukpa Kagyupa or Nyingmapa Buddhism - a branch of Mahanaya Buddhism. The government supports both kagyupa and Nyingmapa buddhist monasteries. Ngalops comprise majority of the population and in the western and central areas and mostly follow the Drukpa Kagyupa school. Sharchops living in the east mostly follow Buddhism.
Bhutan has the most unique culture in the world. It is derived from the ancient culture starting with the National Dress. The wearing of the dress called Gho for men and Kira for women and the way of performing ritual arts is as different as the way other people do. And Bhutanese culture is the main area where tourists are attracted. Bhutan's