Inaugurated by her majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck in 2011 is the Bhutan Textile Museum or National Textile Museum of Bhutan. National Textile Museum is located in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu near the National Library of Bhutan. Her majesty is the patron of the National Textile Museum and has helped in boosting both national and international interest in Bhutan’s textile and textile art tradition. Operated by the National Commission for Cultural Affairs, Bhutan Textile Museum or National Textile Museum is an ideal destination in Thimphu to learn about the traditional Bhutanese garments and the ancient weaving techniques.
The white washed building of National Textile Museum was built to promote Bhutan’s achievements in the field of textile art and to sustain and promote interest of the weavers to continue the traditional textile pattern. The National Textile Museum is divided into six area of special focus including Achievement in Textile Art, role of the textiles in region, textiles from indigenous fibers, the Royal collection, wrap pattern weaves and weft pattern weaves. Visitors can see a vast collection of invaluable items of the Bhutanese antique textile artifacts of Bhutan, including crowns of Bhutan’s King, Namzas and other accessories worn by the Royal Family, a pearl robe from Tsamdrak Goenpa and the bedding of His Holiness Shabdrung Jigme Dorji in the Royal collection of National Textile Museum. There are also some unique collections donated by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, for the display in the National Textile Museum like the first version of Raven crown, brocade uzhamz (crown) worn by the first and the second king, and a princess crown worn by the sister of the first king, Ashi Wangmo. The exclusive collections of Royal outfits have lured many travelers towards National Textile Museum. For the travelers who want to learn more about the hand woven fabric of Bhutan should pay a visit in the ground floor of the museum which is dedicated to the weaving section. There are 13 traditional arts and crafts in Bhutan among which hand woven fabric is considered as one of the Bhutan’s most important art form. The ground floor of the National Textile Museum has displays demonstrating the skills of spinning, coloring fibers, preparing a loom, and manipulating two sets of yarns. Decorative fabrics and textile arts and crafts are categorically displayed in the galleries situated on the first floor of the National Textile Museum. Visitors if lucky might even become the part of design competition where they can choose the best design through public voting. A visit to the National Textile Museum is a great way to learn about the ancient and prestigious weaving technique while catching a glimpse of Royal Garment which was worn in ancient time.
Tourists who want to do an in-depth research about the Bhutanese culture must pay a visit to the National Textile Museum where they can learn about the weaving technique (thagzo) and the importance of traditional Bhutanese wear. As a souvenir they can buy the traditional Bhutanese costume from the museum where they even teach the newbie how to wear it, an amazing way to make the trip to Bhutan more memorable during their visit in the National Textile Museum in Thimphu.
Apart from Sunday when the National Textile Museum remains closed tourist can plan their trip anytime within Monday to Saturday between 9am-4pm.