Change affects traditionMar 5 2013
At least 200 people from Merak and Sakteng Gewogs in Trashigang have re-settled in Tsirang. The relocation has brought with it challenges, the most tangible being the declining interest in wearing their traditional dress.
62 year old Phurba was born in Sakteng,Trashigang and moved to Zamlingzor village in Tsirang 12 years ago under the re-settlement programme. He was allotted five acres of land as Kidu. Even though he is happy with the re-settlement programme, he is saddened that his people do not want to carry on with their old ways.
He loves his traditional attire, and shares his parent instilled in him a love for the attire. He stresses that the younger generation needs to be reminded about the importance of being connected to their roots.
He does, however, say it is difficult to weave their traditional clothes due to the unavailability of raw materials in Tsirang.
Phurpa, proudly, says he remains connected to his roots through his clothes and dialect.