Coming to Bhutan has always been a dream for me. Now that I am here I cannot help to compare this culture with others in the world. I would guess that everybody is doing the same, comparing streets, airports, restaurants, hotels, and the very campus or Royal Thimphu College with our known world. Since I am from Peru and have a special interest in textiles, I have found exciting that Bhutanese and Peruvian weavings have many similarities, here are some basic ones:
You have to take into consideration that 17,654 kilometers separate the two nations, and there was no known communication between these two mountainous regions in ancient history.
Back-strap loom has been used by both cultures since ancient times:
Chinchero, Peru back-strap loom (photo by threadsof peru.com) vs. Thimphu, Bhutan Back-strap
loom (photo by shutterstock.com)
Weaving colorways similarities between Peru and Bhutan cultures:
Peru weavings (photo by peruhop.com) vs. Bhutan weavings (photo by fortunebhutan.com)
Chacana, or Andean Cross from ancient Peru inspired by the Southern Cross constellation. This constellation represented the four cardinal directions (North, South, West and East), and was depicted by this symbol.
Photos by Wikipedia.org
Buddhist Cross, often represented as a web consisted of a temporary abode for a deity while a ritual was performed. It could also be a prison for such a deity, ensnaring them when they show up, uninvited, into a chamber.
photo by spicelines.com
Photo by threadsofperu.com
Peruvian weaving versus a Bhutanese weaving
Photo by spicelines.com
Peruvian Shaman from the Qero and a Buddhist Monk
(personal photo) (123rf.com stock photo)