l Tashi Tobgay, Thimphu
A major breakthrough for the people, especially women of Lhuntse, came as the Prime Minister (PM), Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay, asked the local government to help the people of Khoma gewog set up a shop for selling kishuthara. The instruction to the local government came following a submission by a woman of Khoma gewog to the PM, on the need of such a shop, during the PM’s interaction with the people of the gewog on October 20, 2017.
Known as one of the most beautiful hand woven fabric, kishuthara originates from Lhuntse district, particularly Khoma gewog. While it is expensive, weaving one kishuthara involves a lot of hard work. According to Dechen, who lives in the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) premise in Thimphu, weaving this brand is not an easy job. “It takes almost eight to nine months to weave one piece of the dress. It is not an easy task and the toll on one’s eye sight is huge,” she said, adding that due to old age and eye sight, she can no longer weave the “queen of handicrafts”. She further mentioned that the satisfaction a weaver derives after completing such a task is enormous. “The feeling can be compared to one that graduates and other youth experience after they get a job,” she said.
Similarly, Wangmo, another weaver based in Thimphu said that she gave up weaving kishuthara five years back, due to backache. “I used to get more than Nu 100,000 for one set of kishuthara. But, it is not an easy job,” Wangmo said. She also said that the time taken and price depends on the type and design of the material and the product.
Meanwhile the PM, who is on a tour of gewogs in Lhuntse and Mongaar districts also met with the people of Kurtoe, Gangzur, Menbi and Taedtsho gewogs.
At Gangzur gewog, the people expressed their gratitude to His Majesty the King for granting them kidu relief and crop compensation after the recent landslides that distorted their property. The people also expressed their satisfaction on the successful completion of the 11th five year plan (FYP) activities. During the public meetings, the people asked the PM to expedite construction of the Shingkhar- Gorgan road. Saying that relevant authorities are carrying out due diligence, the PM requested the people to be patient.
The PM would today be visiting Thangrong gewog in Mongaar.