Ex­hi­bi­tion on “Trima: Dis­con­tin­u­ous Weft Pat­tern” opens for pub­lic

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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.

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