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An exhibition displaying range of Kira designs

Sep 26, 2010

Like any fashionable dress, Bhutanese national dress for women- the Kira is also driven by comforts and modernisation. With the theme, ‘the evolution of Kira-changing fashions’, the textile museum in Thimphu displayed a wide range of Kira designs on Friday.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck earlier this morning.

The exhibition gave a glimpse of a variety of designs of Kiras pertaining to changes that has been subtly undergoing over the years. It also gives an overlook of the traditional Kiras and the latest ones as well.

The Royal Patron of the Textile Museum, Her Majesty the Queen Mother said that Bhutanese weavers through their innovative skills have evolved over the years, yet maintaining and preserving traditional character of the art.

Textile Museum’s Director, Singey Dorji, said the evolution in the Kira has led to culture dilution. Popularisation of half Kiras for instance- has put on decline the usage of Keras or the belt and the Komas.

Although designs may have changed with time, the overall essence, the Director said, has not been lost.

The exhibition also showcased a variety of regional costumes.

Kira is believed to have been worn in Bhutan earlier than the Gho and reveals through weaving techniques and designs that it is linked to Southeast Asia.

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