Monday, 16 June 2008

Bhutan : Power Dressing’ from the past

16 June 2008 - The more than 100-year old raven crown and other crowns of Bhutan’s monarchs and queens, their traditional shoes, silken ghos with intricate patterns and dresses of other significant figures of Bhutan are among the items displayed as a part of an exhibition in Thimphu to celebrate 100 years of monarchy.

“Power dressing in Bhutan is depicted through the costumes of our guardian deities in their most ferocious forms when they are at the height of their spiritual powers,” said the director of the national textile museum, Singye Dorji, where the exhibition is being held.

He said that a person’s personality receives a boost from the type of dress he puts on. The exhibits demonstrate the theme of the exhibition ‘power dressing’. Other articles on display are mask dance dresses and some old thankas.

The exhibits were borrowed from Her Majesty the Queen Mother, the central monk body and other individuals. The exhibition will continue for the next nine months.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Her Majesty, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck on June 12 coinciding with the museum’s eighth anniversary.

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