The National Textile Museum, established under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Mother - Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, housing collections of textiles brought in from all across the kingdom dating from the 1600''s. Of the 13 traditional arts and crafts, hand woven fabric is considered one of Bhutan''s most important art forms. Demonstrations of weaving techniques from the various districts are conducted; each district in the kingdom has different weaving patterns, this intricate art form is mainly performed by women, although in ancient times fabric created for the royal household was produced by men. Lhuntse in the eastern region of Bhutan is renowned for its unique design and superior quality of this ancient art form. A length of hand woven fabric suitable for a females Kira can take up to 9 months to produce, these hand woven textiles are prized for their natural vegetable dyes and their vibrant and lively motifs inspired by nature and spiritual symbols. Traditional dress is still an important aspect of all occasions and festivals, a Bhutanese identity.

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