Reasons Why You should Visit Royal Textile Academy (RTA) Bhutan

Email

The Royal Textile Academy is Bhutan’s first institution dedicated to preserving, promoting and educating about Bhutanese Textiles. RTA aims to create awareness and encourage international collaboration to promote mutually beneficial exhibits and educational programs.

One of the students from Laya Central School explores how to weave on backstrap during her Educational Tour to the RTA.

School girls after competing the weaving training course from RTA 

Weaving is an integral component of the culture and tradition of Bhutan. To preserve and promote this living art, the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan was instituted in May 2005 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck as a non-government, non-profit organization. It is established as an educational centre for the training of individuals in the traditional art of weaving, thereby preserving and promoting the unique textile arts of Bhutan.

Some of the objectives of RTA are; 

  • Collect and document important textiles that are part of Bhutan’s textile heritage;
  • Develop exhibitions for local and international venues;
  • Administer ongoing cultural and educational programs, workshops, study groups and lectures on Bhutanese textile arts.

Various Programs

The Weaving School

The Weaving School trains students in traditional weaving, the art of yarn dyeing, contemporary skills related to design and colour combinations, and also basics on business and book-keeping skills. As of June 2016, eleven batches comprising of more than 200 trainees have completed their training from the school.


Weavers busy with their looms at RTA 

The RTA operates a state of the art museum to display its collection of artefacts to further the understanding of Bhutan’s rich textile traditions and way of life. The Museum consists of two galleries: The upper gallery which has a permanent display of the various types of textile weaves in the country and the lower gallery that showcases temporary exhibitions on special themes. These temporary exhibitions usually run for nine months.


The Craft Gallery  

The RTA is one of the first institutions in the country practising and imparting internationally accepted methods and techniques of conservation and preservation of the priceless textiles and other artefacts. The conservation centre has not only been responsible for the preservation and conservation of our artefacts but also provided our service to restore many pieces from several Dzongs and monasteries in Bhutan.

As of now the conservation centre at the Royal Textile Academy is focused primarily on textiles. However, with our growing collections that includes not only textiles but metals, wood works, paintings, etc. our conservation department will expand to include these art works and artifacts as well. 

 

5 Reasons Why People Should Visit RTA

• RTA has the only Textile Museum in the country where it houses the history of unique textiles of Bhutan in the heart of Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. 
• RTA has a weaving centre and textile resource centre which offers weaving, textile designing and development courses for the students and interested designers/visitors including tourists
• The RTA has rental facilities such as Festival Ground, Plaza, and conference halls for any kinds of activities with standard amenities. 
• The only Textile hotspot in Thimphu for textile enthusiast  
• For the architectural aesthetic where tradition meets modern design
( looks good on the gram).  


Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck during one of the fashion show held at RTA
 

Related Posts

View from the Sky For Every Travellers Flying into Bhutan

Despite Boeing ranking Paro airport as 'one of the world's most difficult for takeoffs and landings, the views over the...

Aug 06, 2020 14:25

Thousands of Bhutanese signed up as DeSuups during COVID-19...

While COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of inconveniences, challenges, and uncertainties to individuals, it did not...

Aug 04, 2020 15:45

Bhutanese Culture and Manners- What Makes You Bhutanese

With more exposure to the outside world, Bhutanese people take pride in driglam namzha as a unique identity of Bhutan...

Jul 30, 2020 11:34

Reasons Why Locals are Flocking to Paro Ta Dzong After Almost a...

On June 24th 2020 Paro Ta Dzong opened to the museum visitors as A Tribute to His Majesty the King coinciding with the...

Jul 22, 2020 09:33

Finding Purpose in a Pandemic

COVID-19 has spawned new farmers in Bhutan. Find out how Tshering Pelden traded her guide uniform for farmer outfit in...

Jul 21, 2020 10:26

Story of Final Year College Student Who Joined college after...

Sonam Dorji a final year student shares this thought on his first day of college amid pandemic.

Jul 04, 2020 14:03

Latest

News

Royal initiative keeps Bhutan’s film industry alive

“I don’t think I have been this busy in a very long time,” says Dechen Wangdi.

Jul 19, 2020 10:48

Employment opportunities amid crisis - Tour guides opts farming

A tour guide could earn a minimum of Nu 30,000 per month during the peak tourist season in Bhutan. The income made was sufficient to support...

May 19, 2020 19:53

Features

View from the Sky For Every Travellers Flying into Bhutan

Despite Boeing ranking Paro airport as 'one of the world's most difficult for takeoffs and landings, the views over the clear blue waters...

Aug 06, 2020 14:25

Thousands of Bhutanese signed up as DeSuups during COVID-19 Pandemic

While COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of inconveniences, challenges, and uncertainties to individuals, it did not deter the Bhutanese to...

Aug 04, 2020 15:45

Sports

Football clubs in Bhutan gearing up for Bhutan Premier League (BPL) 2020

Bhutan Premier League (BPL), the top national football tournament in Bhutan is set to commence on August 1.

Jul 24, 2020 14:33

Karma – Female Archer From Bhutan Qualified For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Quota

Karma has been specialising in Olympics-style archery since 2009.

Nov 30, 2019 13:18

Business

Are Local Vendors Earning More Money Than the Civil Servant?

A Farmer from Lango, Paro gave up farming to be vendor while office goers are switching into agriculture as the remedy to curb their...

Jul 27, 2020 19:15

Once the booming Handicraft Shops in Paro Dying- Paro Today

Paro town looks so different in its history as tourist destination in Bhutan.

Jun 24, 2020 16:58

Travel

The Longest Urban Hiking Trail from PangriZampa to Lungtenphu, Thimphu

This trail is a less explored pocket of paradise for trekkers and wanderers who are in search of natures hospitality and solitude away from...

Aug 05, 2020 10:40

Tomorrow is the Most Auspicious Day of the Year at Paro Taksang.

Even before the gilded door to this holy site is open, pilgrims from all walks of life from all over the country flock to Paro to hike up...

Jul 19, 2020 20:53

Lifestyle

Food on Wheels- First of its kind in Bhutan

The World's Largest Fast Food Restaurant Chains doesn't exist in Bhutan.

Mar 04, 2020 09:39

Amazing Stories from the Eastern Part of Bhutan

You can't say you have visited the eastern part of Bhutan unless you have experienced the following bizarre things.

Mar 02, 2020 19:02

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!

Download Daily Bhutan Mobile App

Connecting with us just got easier!