Mawongpa Exhibition: Sharing a Fashion Design Experience


A young Bhutanese Designer brings together a group of garment design enthusiasts to explore creative ways of using tradtional Bhutanese textile in everyday wear.

by Pema Choden Tenzin & Chimi Wangmo

Photos by Gyeltshen Tobden and Namgay Wangchuk DJ

After being in the business for more than 12 years, Dorothy Gurung realized it was time to do more than just create a design brand for herself. She restarted a design and training group called Mawongpa that was initially funded by DANIDA but failed to continue due to lack of trainers and funds. “I realized there were many students and housewives who wanted to learn fashion design but didn’t know how. So I was fortunate to be able to put together this group and train them with a free space provided by Zorig Chusum. This exhibition is the outcome of the hardwork and creative expression of Mawongpa,” says the Designer and trainer.


The Mawongpa Exhibition which is currently being showcased at the Nehru Wangchuck Centre in Thimphu is mix of garments designed by Dorothy herself and her students. With over 100 designs on the wall, the pieces are all created with traditional textiles woven here in Bhutan. The exhibition will be available for visit for one more week.












Dorothy Gurung’s current batch of students at Druk Fashion House.

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