Thursday, November 30, 2017

Traditional Arts

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

This morning we visited the National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Thirteen Traditional Arts). We got an opportunity to see the young-adult apprentices learning and practicing their craft. (And, of course, the opportunity to purchase items.)

Sewing of traditional fabric items, including door hangings and boots.
Sculpture (clay).
The classroom walls had lots of diagrams such as this one that precisely proscribes the dimensions of traditional figures. In this case, the Buddha's head.
Later on, we visited the National Textile Museum (no photos allowed), which has a weaving showroom where photos are allowed.

Handloom weaving.
Traditional Bhutanese weaving is a complex skill, with some specialized wrapping techniques that are unique to Bhutan.

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