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  • Vintage Bhutanese Yathra Textile

    From the Chumey Valley in Bumthang, Bhutan. Hand spun, naturally dyed yarn backstrap woven into wool panels and sewn together into one textile, then embroidered all over with bright coloured wool thread and a running swastika border, and bordered with cotton cloth. Mid 20th century, most likely circa 1960.

    Bumthang experiences a cold climate for much of the year, and so local textiles are woven particularly warm and thick. Yathra textiles are the primary export and source of income for the Chumey Valley people for all four regions (gewogs) in Bumthang. Most textiles are sold through the Chumey central market place.

    Most of the yarn involved in the making of these blankets and clothing is sourced in Switzerland and India, because local yarns are too expensive. However, in the case of our textile, its early age may well indicate a local wool source.

    This textile is called a denkeb and was likely used as a rain cloak. Its worn condition is commensurate with its age and local use.

    The tradition of yathra weaving is dying out, making yathra textiles very collectable.

    Measurements: 173 x 84 cm