The art of embroidery dates back to ancient times with the creation of elaborate thangkhas using embroidery. Monks who embroidered Buddhist thangkhas of deities and highly revered teachers originally practiced this fine needlecraft.
Some of Bhutan’s finest thangkhas are centuries-old pure silk giant appliqué that are unfurled once a year at special festivals. These throngdel rendered in pure silk and brocades- adorns the entire side of a monastery wall and is considered a blessing to behold. Fine embroidery and appliqué work are also found in daily use such as on traditional boots and tablecloths.