Weavers Recognised for Promoting Arts and Crafts

Email

The 16th National Design and Art competition was organised in five different categories – gho (weaving), kira (weaving), embroidery, traditional painting and contemporary arts. It was held to promote unique arts and crafts by providing a platform for artisans.

The winners of the 16th National Design and Art Competition. (Source: http://www.kuenselonline.com)

Tashi Yuden’s lungserma, which took her about a year to complete, bagged the first prize in Gho category during the 16th National Design and Art Competition (NDAC) at the Royal Textile Academy (RTA) in Thimphu yesterday.

The 44-year-old housewife has been weaving since she was 15. She said that creating new motifs has been difficult while weaving. “I won the second prize in Kira category in 2008.” She said she would participate again as it provides an opportunity for weavers and artists to continue working on creating new pieces.

Competition promotes Bhutan’s tradition arts and crafts

The competition was organised in five different categories – gho (weaving), kira (weaving), embroidery, traditional painting and contemporary arts. It was held to promote unique arts and crafts by providing a platform to artisans.

Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck, awarded cash prizes of Nu 120,000, Nu 65,000 and Nu 32,500 to the top three winners in each category.

Four weavers, three embroiderers, two master painters and a master sculptor were also awarded the Royal patron’s meritorious awards. Cash prizes of Nu 10,000 were awarded in recognition of the artisans’ contribution to the conservation of arts and crafts in the country.

Criteria of the competition

The criteria included aspects of aesthetics in terms of originality, colour, creativity, shape and size, technical application and skills in terms of surface decoration, details, skills, materials used and marketing potential.

There were 61 participants in the category of kira, 10 in gho, 19 in embroidery, 33 in traditional painting and 72 in contemporary arts. Ugyen Yuden bagged the first spot in the kira category, Norbu in embroidery, Tshewang Tenzin in painting and Passang Dema in the contemporary arts.

About 17 prize winning pieces would be exhibited at the RTA for a week.

Kind support from Mr and Ms Alan Bickell

Curator Pema Chhoden Wangchuk said that the two new categories were included in the competition with the support of Mr and Ms Alan Bickell. “Mr and Ms Alan Bickell are frequent visitors to Bhutan and to encourage artists to continue creating fine arts, they have agreed to fund the annual competition for the next five years beginning this year.”

RTA in collaboration with the Textile Museum, Department of Culture and Voluntary Artists’ Studio, Thimphu, have organised the competition.

 

By Rinchen Zangmo (This article has been edited for the Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on Kuensel.

 


Related Posts

Her Expression Showcases Works of 48 Female Artists

The exhibition opened on 30 Oct 2017 at the Voluntary Artists Studio in Thimphu (VAST) gallery in Le Meridien and VAST...

Oct 31, 2017 12:52

Traditional Process of Dyeing Woollen Yarns at Risk of Dying Out

The traditional method of dyeing woollen yarns to weave Yathra in Bumthang is hardly practiced today. Yathra weaving is...

Oct 13, 2017 06:44

Patterns of Happiness opens in Thimphu

With 71 paintings by various Bhutanese artists, a competition exhibition named Patterns of Happiness opened at the...

Sep 28, 2017 07:07

National Design and Art Competition’s Exhibition Opens in Thimphu

A week-long exhibition opened in Thimphu displaying the winning entries of this year’s National Design and Art...

Nov 02, 2017 06:30

Preserving Bhutan’s Music and Traditions

“Bhutan is developing at a faster pace; traditional customs are not. We need to balance these developments. We are...

Sep 28, 2017 11:28

Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Award Voted COMO Uma...

The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Award is the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in...

Oct 19, 2018 18:59

Latest

News

General Election 2018: DNT To Head New Government In Bhutan

This is Bhutan’s third general election. The primary round of elections was held in September, where four parties contested to make it to...

Oct 19, 2018 18:51

Surgery To Separate Bhutanese Conjoined Twins Postponed

One of the twins' health has declined, revealed late night tests just before surgery on Friday.

Oct 12, 2018 16:27

Features

Constructive Steps Taken To Mitigate Impact Of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) In Lunana, Bhutan

Lunana houses four major lakes-Thorthomi, Raphstreng, Luggye and Baytsho. So far, the Thorthomi and Raphstreng lakes are two of the 25...

Oct 20, 2018 08:58

Discover Drupthob Chagzampa – The Great Iron Bridge Builder Who Constructed At Least 60 Suspension Bridges In Bhutan And Tibet

Revered as Drupthob Chagzampa or the ‘Great Iron Bridge Builder’, he was an early and unequalled master of engineering skills.

Oct 14, 2018 16:33

Sports

Bhutan's 'Judo Girl' Fighting For Her Sport Back Home

By competing at the Youth Olympic Games Bueno Aires 2018, 16-year-old Yangchen Wangmo is blazing a trail for judo in the small archery-mad...

Oct 10, 2018 12:45

Two Para Athletes To Represent Bhutan At 3rd Asian Para Games (6-13 Oct) In Palembang, Indonesia

Organised by the Asian Paralympic Committee, the Asian Para Games will be held from 6 - 13 October in Jakarta - Palembang, Indonesia.

Oct 06, 2018 13:06

Business

Bhutan’s DHI Business Acceleration Programme Partners With the University of Texas’s IC2 Institute To Draw On Their Expertise

The press release states that DHI has hired the services of IC2 Institute under the University of Texas, USA as a partner for the programme.

Oct 16, 2018 17:08

Bank At Your Doorstep – Bank Of Bhutan Introduces ‘Banking On Wheels’

Bank of Bhutan (BoB) introduced ‘banking on wheels’ on 3 Oct 2018. It travels to various areas in Thimphu on a fixed weekly schedule.

Oct 09, 2018 17:36

Travel

Bepzur Chukpo’s Mansion In Bumthang Is A Rich Depository Of Bhutanese Culture And Lifestyle

While there are no existing written documents about the history of the house, people believe it to be the home of Zimpon Thraipai Raza, who...

Oct 21, 2018 16:54

A Run Unlike Any Other, Get Up Close With Charming Locals And The Magic Of Bhutan’s Highlands In The Laya Run

The third edition of the Laya Run will take place on October 23 from Panjothong to Laya.

Oct 18, 2018 17:14

Lifestyle

Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Award Voted COMO Uma Punakha In Bhutan As The 3rd Best Hotel In The World

The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Award is the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

Oct 19, 2018 18:59

ShaMa Foundation Reaches Rural Bhutan, Helps To Provide Potable Water To Remote Villages

The program aims to provide access to safe drinking water in remote and challenging geographies in Bhutan.

Oct 15, 2018 20:39

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!