Bhutan Textile Kira Kushutara
background : industrial cotton yarn
patterns : hand-spun wild silk yarn
Other Woven Goods
Special cloths are also woven for use when dining.
These are usually 208 by 90 centimeters in size.
One example is the chagsi pangkheb (wall hanging,
laptop napkin, or cloth) formed from three loom
widths of woven fabric, two narrow side lengths,
and one central length.
The background is of white cotton with embellishments
in red, dark blue, and black.
The finest are of silk-on-silk, with several vibrant
colors being utilized.
A range of special designs is usually reserved
for these pieces.
Heavy wool items such as blankets, small carpet pieces,
seat and bedcovers, and outerwear for inclement
weather, are also woven, generally in the central region
Such pieces are usually of natural and earth tones
and subdued hues and adorned with bold geometric designs.
A number of textiles found in the dzongs (monastic and
administrative centers) and temples also underline
the strong textile base of Bhutan's material culture.
Monks' cushions, altarpieces, and covers for religious
relics are among those items where weaving skills are
Merit is earned when a weaver prepares a fabric
as a gift to a monastery or religious person or event.
The tradition of weaving high-quality fabrics
in the home continues throughout Bhutan.
New designs, colors, and yarns have gradually been
introduced during the past thirty to forty years.
The quotidian donning of national dress and religious
and other special needs ensures the continuation of
traditional hand weaving in the kingdom.
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