26 students complete winter weaving course at RTA

Twenty-six school going young girls aged between 9 to 19 years completed the winter weaving course at the Royal Textile Academy (RTA) in Chubachu, Thimphu yesterday.

The weaving course started from December 23 last year.

During the closing ceremony yesterday, the participants shared their first weaving experiences and were awarded certificates and remuneration for their effort to learn and preserve the art of weaving.

According to the RTA, the program is aimed to impart textile knowledge and art of weaving to the children who are the future of Bhutan, thereby preserving and promoting the textile traditions of Bhutan. In addition, it also targets to productively engage the students during their long winter vacation.

Meanwhile, the students are provided with all the necessary weaving tools and materials by the RTA as well as a minimum stipend to purchase their back to school necessities.

“Although most of the students have never woven before, the products that they have woven have turned out pleasantly. On average, they take about 4 days to weave a plain cotton muffler. As their skills progress they are trained in weaving simple patterns which take around 1-2 weeks for complete beginners. They have woven 90 plain cotton mufflers and few simple pattern mufflers during the course of the program,” states the press release from the RTA.

Meanwhile, the Weaving Centre trains participants on traditional weaving, the art of yarn dyeing, contemporary skills related to design and color combinations, and also the basics on business and book-keeping skills.

As of July 2019, 15 batches comprising over 300 trainees have completed their training from the school. Each training spans over one to two months and the trainees are taught plain cotton and silk weaves, weaves with simple patterns and intricate patterns depending on their existing skills levels. Beginners start with plain cotton weaves and gradually learn how to weave simple patterns and then proceed to silk yarn and intricate patterns.

According to the RTA, it is pleased that the younger generations are taking a keen interest in this traditional art and looking forward to having more participation from the youth in the coming years.

Meanwhile, RTA is a registered civil society organization established in May 2001 under the patronage of Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck. The RTA is dedicated to the promotion, and preservation of the unique textile arts of Bhutan.

Tshering from Thimphu