„THAG-ZO“: Textiles in Bhutan

Weaving, Fabrics, Mask Dances

This special interest tour is a treat for textile aficionados. You will travel all the way from the buzzing West to the remote East of Bhutan. The various textile traditions in different parts of the country will run like a “read thread” through your journey.

Dates 2019:

February 13th – March 2nd 2019

Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrival at Paro 
Activities depend on time of arrival, meet with Rinzin Wangmo over dinner
DAY 2: Paro Taktsang & to Thimphu
Full day for hike to Tiger’s nest and light sightseeing in town
DAY 3: Thimphu 
Choki art school, lunch at a weaver’s house, Textile Museum & Boot-house
DAY 4: Thimphu to Punakha: tshechu festival
Early drive via Dochula (108 Chorten) & Punakha tshechu at Punakha Dzong 
DAY 5: Punakha thongdroel & dyeing workshop
Thongdroel ceremony and visit to beautiful farm for dyeing workshop
DAY 6: Punakha to Chumey 
Drive to Chumey with photo stops and sightseeing on the way
DAY 7: Chumey to Chokhor
Yathra weavers in Chumey & sheep farm visit (if still viable)
DAY 8: Chokhor
Valley hike to Jampe, Kurjey and Tamshing lhhakhangs & a weaving center on the way
DAY 9: Chokhor, weaving workshop
Weaving workshop at Leki lodge with specialist guide Rinzin Wangmo
DAY 10: From Chokhor to Mongar
Long drive via Thrumshengla pass, Ura village visit and overnight in bird paradise
DAY 11: From Mongar to Lhuentse
Hike to beautiful cave temple & later Khoma village weavers, kishuthara
DAY 12: Lhuentse
Visit nettle weaver villages in the region
DAY 13: Lhuentse 
Local sightseeing, Takila, Lhuentse Dzong
DAY 14: Lhuentse to Trashigang
Drive to Trashigang, Yadi village on the way
DAY 15: Trashigang 
Hike to monastery, meet with lama and family, heritage farm visit
DAY 16: Trashigang
Rhadi village visit, bura (raw silk weavers) & local sightseeing
DAY 17: Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar
Drive to S/J and Khaling National Handloom Center on the way
DAY 18: Departure

Information:

This special interest tour is a treat for textile aficionados. You will travel all the way from the buzzing West to the remote East of Bhutan. The various textile traditions in different parts of the country will run like a “read thread” through your journey. The tour also includes a religious festival and visits to the most important cultural and religious sights on the way. The occasional homestay will allow for greater immersion in local culture and daily Bhutanese village life.

Language

English speaking local guides (Culture and Specialist)

Highlights

Dyeing and weaving workshops, religious festival, Punakha tshechu, village life and homestays

Dates & Booking

This tour can be booked individually or as group tour

Individual tour (to be booked with Bhutan Homestay direct):
Group tour:
Book with E/T/C…Reisen, Munich, Germany 
Book with GESAR Travel, Austria   

Implemented by Bhutan Homestay 

Dyeing workshop

Participate in a fantastic dyeing workshop in Punakha with Karma, a famous weaver who also designed the wedding go of the 5th king. You will gain insights into a variety of natural colors and dyeing techniques.

Weaving workshop

Your tour package further includes a daylong weaving workshop in Bumthang under the guidance of your specialist guide Rinzin Wangmo. Each participant will work one-on-one with a weaver from the surrounding villages. Learn about material, patterns and weaving techniques.

Tshechu Festival

Enjoy a visit at a tshechu, an annual religious festival, where the locals wear their best garments decorated with beautiful jewelry. Witness the sacred dances, ‘cham, and marvel over the colorful costumes of the mask dancers.

In addition to an English speaking cultural guide you will be accompanied by our local textile specialist Ms. Rinzin Wangmo.

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Book recommendation

 Karin Altmann’s Fabric of Life – Textile Art in Bhutan provides in-depth information on the role of textiles in Bhutanese life

  • Activities: Weaving and dyeing workshop, textiles, hikes & sightseeing
  • Overnights: Hotels and farm/homestays
  • Date: Feb. 13th – Mar. 2nd 2019
  • Festival: Punakha tshechu