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Five Elements Chuba Collection presented on Oct 1st for Culture Days 2011 in Parkdale October 20, 2011

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In celebration of this year’s Canada Culture Days, DreBu presented “Tibetan Chuba: Ancient Dresses in Modern Times”, on Saturday, Oct 1, 2011. The collection of seven original Tibetan dresses was designed and hand-painted by Kalsang Dolma, a Canadian – Tibetan artist based in Parkdale, Toronto. 

Seven youth models presented the colorful dresses in a series of orchestrated movements and demonstrations. The show was accentuated by the live musical performances of Tsewang and Kunsang.
More than sixty people attended this show through the course of the day. By paying homage to the traditional Tibetan motifs in a contemporary setting, Ms. Dolma hoped to highlight the importance of cultural understandings and community-based arts initiatives.

The event was held at the Parkdale Public Library.

For the photo album on DreBu’s facebook page, visit/click here.

Five Elements Chuba Collection Exhibit Team Oct 1

Presentation Team Members:Kalsang Dolma – Artist/Designer & DreBu’s Founding Director
Gelek Badheytsang – Photographer and DreBu’s Founding Director
Tseten Lhundup – Musician (male)
 Tenzin Choedhen – Musician (female)
Agar Badheytsang – Male Model
Lodoe Gyatso – Male Model
Sonam Dickyi – Female Model

Tenzin Nyidon – Female Model
Jamyang Dolma – Female Model
Tenzin Samten – Female Model
Tenzin Yeshi – Female Model

Comments from Audience and the presentation team members:


Chuba Art and Style Demonstration by Kalsang

Fabulous presentation & creations of dress. Thank you for sharing (Ali)
Thank you for the experience! It was wonderful ! (Tish)
Great Presentation, Kalsang. Very Beatiful. Thank you. Best Wishes (Jennifer)
I love it. Keep up your good job for spirit Tibet. Good Luck! (Dadoen Jangdong)
This was awesome!! Best of Luck (Lobsang Mentuh and Pemme Mentuh Tulotsang)
Congrats on the amazing performance, it was beautiful  – both the dresses and music. Thank you for sharing your talent and ART (Glenys)

Chuba Models presenting in graceful Walks

This was simply an amazing experience. I’ve always dreamt of modelling, walking down the aisle with a beautiful dress. Thank you to acha Kalsang for giving all of us an opportunity to be ourselves and portray our Tibetan culture. (model – Tenzin Samten)
I had a wonderful time today, at the “Culture Days”. It was a life time memory experience. It was so inspiring to see the art, and being able to wear it was a privelege. Thank you to all audience for making this happen, and Acha Kalsang for her wonderful art (model, Jamyang Dolma)
This was an amazing experience. Even though I did not model, I still had fun backstage. I can’t wait to experience this in November again. THank you acha Kelsang. (“Teddy” Tenzin Tsetan)
I really like the chubas. It gave the old chubas a modern twist. Thank you. (Musician, Tenzin Kunsang Choedhen)

Five Elements Chuba Collection - Model Girls

Amazing time with amazing people and beautiful dress! (Model, Tenzin Yeshi)
I love all the Chubas. It was fun time. (Model, Tenzin Nyidon)
Love to being part of this show. I loved everything especially the Chubas. I must say Miss Kalsang, U did a great job. Love it. I really enjoyed a lot. (Model, Sonam Dickyi)
Love the Chuba. (Tenzin Sungrap)
The event was awesome, having these events will increase the Tibetan youth’s knowledge about our culture. (Model, Agar Badheytsang)
The event was successful, unique chuba designs. (model, Lodoe Gyatso)

Playing Dranyen to the Five Elements Chuba Presentation

 Featuring Tibetan Chuba as the art canvas was unique where it encourages younger generation to participate and feel proud of our heritage. All young people as the model volunteers got to wear the Chuba with the orginal paintings by an artist bringing up the value of  traditions in our modern times.  It was great to be part of this live presentation by playing the music and helping co-ordinate graceful Tibetan dance movements into the walks. The visual effect of playing to the beautiful cultural art in focus was unique,special and a feast to the eyes! (Musician, Tseten Lhundup)

THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing you at our next presentation/exhibit in the first week of November at Road to Asia Festival 2011.

Tenzin Khando - Supporter of the Chuba Presentation on Oct 1st - National Culture Days 2011

Our special Thanks to Ms. Tenzin Khando in supporting us with a generous donation towards marketing cost (posters, printing) and honorarium to our musicians. Thank you for your support!

Art and Design of the collection by Kalsang Dolma

Photography by Gelek Badheytsang

Slide show of more pictures from the event, click below and enjoy!

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Tibetan Chuba: Ancient Dresses in Modern Times – Culture Days 2011 August 8, 2011

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Blue - Water of the Five Elements Collection by Kalsang

Clouds in Water, a Blue Chuba designed and painted by Kalsang

Drebu will present a live, interactive, fashion, art and live music event in Parkdale Library on Saturday, Oct 1st from 11 to 2 pm; highlighting the importance of connecting with the diverse traditions and cultures that make up the Canadian mosaic.

Models will present a collection of modern Tibetan dresses styled after traditional forms and painted with bold ancient motifs in a contemporary painting medium by Kalsang Dolma, a Canadian Tibetan Artist & Designer . The collection will be presented by models through graceful Tibetan dance movements to live traditional music, along with demonstrations of various styling possibilities.

The online exhibition of the collection (Click here) goes live on September 30th, Friday. It will provide a view of the complete collection and its artistic production process, showing how artistic traditions and heritage tie in beautifully and organically with modern (urban) arts and culture.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the artists and models in a discussion on dress styling, history and meanings behind the painted motif designs.

The presentation highlights the importance of connecting with the diverse traditions and cultures that make up the Canadian mosaic.

This approach in presenting and sharing an integral aspect of our lives to a wider audience will serve to help us appreciate our cultural and artistic diversity through an engaging and innovative process that aims to cultivate a sense of true sharing and inclusion.

The presentation also serves to inspire and encourage our younger generations to have a sense of pride in our arts, traditions and diverse identities.
Open to all age group for a fun and interactive experience!
Program Outline:

11:15 to 12 – First Round
11:15 to 11:30 – Graceful Tibetan Movements to live Music
11:30 to 11:45 – Styling Showcase
11:45 to 12 noon – Public Interaction

12 to 12:45 – Second Round (same itinerary as above)

12:45 to 1pm – Break

1 pm to 1:45 – Third Round (same itinerary as above)

To learn more about  the presentation and Culture Days 2011, please visit online.