English | Dzongkha Friday, June 22, 2018

The last surviving potter of Gangzur

Pottery making, one of Bhutan’s traditional crafts, is on the verge of extinction. In Gangzur in Lhuentse, the fate of this ancient tradition rest in the hands of Tshewang Choden.

Laya’s traditional hat under threat of disappearance

Laya’s traditional bamboo hat, once widely worn by its women, is fast disappearing. There aren’t many weavers left around now and the women too seldom wear their the hats.

Traditional Korean room heating system piloted in Gasa

The use of Gudeul, a traditional Korean room heating technology, has been successfully piloted in Gasa.

Bhutanese working in Kuwait and their stories

Wearing a big, radiant smile on her face, 28-year-old Tshering Dema helps a female customer looking to buy a perfume in a shopping mall in Kuwait. Tshering Dema is one of the 385 Bhutanese living and working in Kuwait.

Saving Dara Tsho in Patshaling Gewog from extinction

Dara Tsho (lake) in Patshaling Gewog in Tsirang District has been drying up for years, but the gewog administration is determined to restore it.

Reviving the tradition of Lolay

The tradition of Lolay is what sets Nyilo apart from other New Year celebrations in the country. In the good old days, Lolay chants would reverberate through villages in Wang-Tsho-Chen-Gey region as children visit every home, merrily singing the traditional verse of good wishes.

Coming out of the HIV/AIDS closet

Having lived in shame and fear for the last 14 years, 35-year-old Tashi Pelzom finally went public with her HIV positive status at an event held to mark World Aids Day last Friday. So did Losem Zangmo who is also a HIV positive.

Lingzhi Dzong to be restored to its former grandeur

Lingzhi dzong, once an important frontier dzong in the country’s north, built sometime in between 1667 to 1680, has now fallen into ruins.

Man earns his living by inking others

As much as getting a tattoo is becoming trendy among people in the country, there is still a stigma associated with it. But on the brighter side, it has become a source of livelihood for some.

‘Rap’ becoming popular among youngsters in Bhutan

Often times when people hear about Rap, they paint a picture of something negative. But today, the popularity has picked up quite well and rap is now well accepted by the Bhutanese audience. Rap is an abbreviation for Rhythm and Poetry.

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