Silk Ngoshom Kira by Kelzang Wangmo (Bhutan)
Handwoven traditional silk intricate wrap dress(traditional attire) for women. It is rectangular with two loom length panel joined together. This is one of a kind special piece designed and woven by Kelzang. The silk yarn used as patterns are dyed at home by Kelzang using buckwheat flour, onion skin, madder, artemisia and marijuana plant. This piece is a product of Kelzang's effort in recreating old traditional 'Kira'. 'Ngoshom' which means 'dark' are intricate traditional kiras woven with a dark ground, either dark blue or black. Intricate supplementary weft patterns from vintage textiles are used. this type of weaving originated in Khoma village in Eastern Bhutan where Kelzang learned to weave as a child. They are worn only on special ocassions such as festivals and weddings. This piece is special since traditional kiras like this one are rarely woven as the patterns are complicated and time consuming.Woven on a basic traditional backstrap loom. It can be also used as a wall hanging or fashioned into other clothing and accessories.
MEASUREMENTS 232 cm / 112 cm
MATERIALS Natural dyed silk, imported from India. White silk yarn dyed with buckwheat flour, onion skin, artemisia plant, madder & marijuana plant.
Takes up to 6 months to make a piece like this.
Available to dispatch 3 days from purchase.