Exhibition on “Trima: Discontinuous Weft Pattern” opens for public
The exhibition on Trima which is a discontinuous weft pattern, a unique technique of weaving supplementary weft patterns which commonly utilized by highly skilled weavers is now open to public for next nine months at Royal Textile Academy (RTA) in Thimphu.
Her Majesty The Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck inaugurated the exhibition “Trima: Discontinuous Weft Pattern” last Thursday.
The Textile Museum and the Royal Textile Academy is under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty The Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wang- chuck.
While, there are two categories of supplementary weft-patterns that include Sapma that is a continuous weft pattern and discontinuous weft pattern that is Trima.
Trima literally means ‘coiling the warp,’ and is a highly-sophisticated technique where weft yarns are entwined around the warp yarns, producing motifs that are raised the ground cloth and are often mistaken for embroidery.
The curator of RTA, Karma Deki Tshering said that, it is unique to Bhutan and has often drawn the attention of textile enthusiasts and connoisseurs across the world.
She said that the peo- ple find that the Trima is as if like that of embroidery because it rises from the surface but it is not.
The exhibition also highlights sophisticated designs and motifs created by highly skilled modern weavers using two distinct categories of Trima patterning.
The two distinct categories includes by use of coiling both thread ends around the warp either left or right forming patterns that resemble an embroidered chain stitch and crossing weft thread over each other then up and behind the warp threads forming patterned motifs.
Program Director of Textile Museum, Singye Dorji said that although the Trima is well known to the Bhutanese weavers and was appreciated by many others but they have a fear that it may vanish in the long run as Trima weaving is very complicated and time consuming whereby many Bhutanese weavers go for the easiest motive.
He added that the objective of an exhibition is to promote this Trima pattern in the country. “With this exhibition, we encourage weavers to go for Trima weaving.”
The exhibition was designed under four different themes which include Kushung, Kushuthara, Ngosham and Pesar.
Usually Trima are found in kira, traditional woven sacks, bags and also in table cover.
The press release stated that the main objective of the exhibition is to preserve and promote the unique and beautiful art of weaving in general and to highlight and celebrate the technique of weaving discontinuous weft patterns in particular.
Meanwhile, Seldon who is weaving for the last 15 years in textile museum said that while weaving a set of Trima kira (Kushuthara), it takes about seven to eight months.
While, the discontinuous supplementary weft patterning technique was originated from Kurtoe, North Central Bhutan, the ancestral home of Wangchuck Dynasty.
Her Majesty The Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck inaugurated an exhibition titled “Trima-Discontinuous weft pattern” at the Royal Textile Academy in Thimphu last Thursday.