National Textile Museum
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National Textile Museum information
Thimphu's National Textile Museum is worth a visit to learn about Bhutan's living national art of weaving. The ground floor focuses on cham costumes, while the upper floor introduces the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and type of textiles made by women and men. There is usually a small group of weavers working their looms inside the shop, which features work from the renowned weaving centre of Lhuentse in northeastern Bhutan. Each item is labelled with the name of the weaver, at prices costing Nu 1500 to Nu 25,000.
When we visited the museum was in the process of moving across the road to its impressive new home in front of the Royal Textile Academy . It will house a conservation centre, shop and cafe, while a weaving centre will operate at the adjacent academy.