The National Textile Museum

Landmark in Bhutan

Last Updated On : 27/06/2018
The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan is renowned for producing some of the world’s finest textile artifacts. In 2001, the National Commission for Cultural Affairs finished work on the Bhutan Textile Museum. The museum in Thimphu State in Bhutan gets headed up by Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck also doubles up as the textile museums Royal Patron. The textile exhibition hub is conveniently close to the town’s Handicraft market and just a couple of feet away from the National Library of Bhutan in Norzin, Lam, Bhutan.
The Bhutan Textile Museum or the National Textile Museum seeks to promote the rich and remarkably vibrant culture of the Bhutanese people. To achieve its noble goals and aspirations, The National Textile Museum has invested heavily in research and studies in a bid to promote and safeguard the rich and vibrant Bhutanese culture. The museum continues to scoop highly coveted awards and accolades for the quality textile artifacts on display. What’s more, the museum has some of the most friendly and knowledgeable tour guides who ensure that you get to learn about the ancient weaving practices of these proud people and everything else in between.
  • Did you know that the idea to set up a one-of-a-kind textile museum was first coined by Her Majesty, Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck? The Queen Mother envisioned a space where artists from Denmark and other nations come to showcase different weaving skills and methods. To get the textile museum project rolling, the Queen Mother and the Danish government came together and injected a massive capital of around $160K.
Live Weaving
  • In recent years, the museum has welcomed new private donors and other benevolent well-wishers. For instance, the cultural center receives technical and financial support from the reputed Peabody Essex Museum in the US. Those dollars were well spent on refurbishing the dilapidated textile museum buildings and towards their eventual maintenance. Today, the brand new buildings defining the Bhutanese historical center are a major hit with tourists and scholars who stop by the premises on a daily. Another hot attraction feature at this museum is the live weaving studio rooms.
 It is quite easy to sift through the tons of different fabrics on display at this world-famous Bhutanese inspired culture pot. The displays at the National Textile Museum are labelled as follows:-
  • The Royal Collection
  • The Role of textiles in religion
  • Achievements in textile arts
  • The weft pattern weaves
  • Textiles from indigenous fibres
  • The warp pattern weaves
Six Displays
Many visitors to the enchanting museum are instantly drawn to the Royal Collection section. The Royal Collection is vastly endowed with rare, precious and breathtaking royal artifacts that have remained private until recently. A few of the notable high-profile royal collections on display include the personal bedding of his Holiness Shabrung Dorji Jigme and the first Bhutanese raven uzhams or crowns. Schedule a tour at the National Textile Museum and get a rare opportunity to sample the above-mentioned displays and many other enlightening and interesting Bhutanese artifacts.

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