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Tsharzo - the art of bamboo weaving
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Tsharzo, the art of bamboo weaving in Bhutan

Bhutanese have always lived in complete harmony with the natural environment, as have people from anywhere in the world before industrialization. People learned to obtain all of their basic needs, such as food and water, medicines, housing, clothing, and other key necessities, from their immediate surroundings in a sustainable way. Taking advantage of these abundant natural resources, most of the

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Rinyang Artisan - earrings
Meet the artisan
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An interview with Sonam Yangchen, the artist behind Rinyang Artisan

This week, we interviewed the very passionate Sonam Yangchen. An artist who paints and handcrafts statement wooden earrings that intricately incorporate Bhutanese textile patterns and designs, under the  Rinyang Artisan. Having loved painting since childhood, she is now sharing that love with others through her art. The first painting she ever sold at VAST was a collage art that she

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Gho and Kira, Bhutan traditional dress
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Gho and Kira, the traditionnal dress of Bhutan

There was a time when you could often tell where a person was from by looking at their outfits, but with modernisation, traditional attires are slowly becoming something of the past and people are wearing easier outfits often inspired by trends. In Bhutan however, the traditional dress of Gho for the men and Kira for the women is not something

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Mandala meaning picture
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All you ever wanted to need to know about Mandalas: origin, significance and purposes

The word mandala in Sanskrit refers to a circle believed to represent the universe, its wholeness and the cycle of life. The intricate work of art incorporates geometric patterns, religious symbolism, and layers of meaning that can serve as a prayer, meditation practice, and holy blessing all in one.In Buddhism, mandalas are the ideal form of the universe. The act

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singing bowl bhutan benefits
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The healing benefits of Tibetan singing bowl

A Tibetan singing bowl is a kind of bell that vibrates and produces a rich, deep tone when struck. Also known as singing bowls or Himalayan bowls, Tibetan singing bowls are known to induce relaxation and offer powerful healing properties. They are thought to have originated 2500 years ago in the Himalayas (including Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, and Northern India). Singing

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Shagzo - Woodturning in bhutan
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Shagzo: the art of woodturning in Bhutan

Blessed with an untouched and pristine natural environment, nowhere in the Himalayas is the natural environment as rich and diversified as it is in Bhutan. Bhutan’s high, rugged mountains and deep valleys are home to spectacular natural biodiversity. An essential part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage, the thirteen traditional arts and crafts are closely associated with the natural heritage of the

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Chandrika Pakhrin
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Sustainable Fashion with Chandrika Tamang

This week, we met with Chandrika Pakhrin, the former banker turned fashion designer who is behind the CDK brand. CDK is a Bhutanese apparel brand that creates contemporary and modern designs using traditional and sustainable Bhutanese textiles. The result is quite unexpected in the most exquisite way and we could not be prouder to have some of her collection. We

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ema datshi - bhutan national dish
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Ema Datshi: An Authentic Recipe From Bhutan

Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, impresses people not only with its spectacular serene scenery but also with its uniquely fiery cuisine. In Bhutan, we may not know who our neighbours are at birth, but we are well aware of what chillies are from an early age and begin experiencing them early on. People in most countries use chilli

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Losar - Bhutan New year butter lamp
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Losar, the new year celebrations of Bhutan

Losar is one of the most celebrated festivals in Bhutan. Losar literally means  New Year, where “lo” means “year” and “sar” means “new”. It is a time for family reunions, strengthening communal ties, and celebrating cultural traditions with rites and bonds. Losar is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar is

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5 organic superfood of Bhutan
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5 superfoods of Bhutan you should include in your diet

Bhutan, a country sandwiched between the economic and political powerhouses of China and India, with a population of just over 700,000, is known around the globe for its unconventional and uncommon measure of national development: Gross National Happiness. GNH is a development philosophy propounded by the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The concept implies that overall happiness of the people

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The art of weaving in Bhutan - Thagzo 1
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Textiles of Bhutan, a cultural heritage

Bhutanese textiles represent a rich and complex form of art. The art of weaving, called “Thagzo” is an essential part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage. It is one of the thirteen traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan’s cultural heritage. The textiles show vibrant colours and sophisticated patterns inspired by daily scenes or objects of life. The intricate dyeing and weaving techniques have

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Gift Card from Bhutan
Shopping Guide
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A Unique Selection Of Christmas Gifts From Bhutan

The Christmas season is approaching fast. And if you are looking for the perfect gift, the search should not be limited to the usual suspects: a coffee table book about life or decorative mugs with funny sayings. The options get endless if we take a look at faraway lands and exotic cultures. Bhutanese handicrafts are one of such options that

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painted phallus in Bhutan
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The Phallus of Bhutan and its unique meaning

There is one thing that catches visitors’ attention on their first trip to Bhutan: Phalluses! Phalluses are indeed a very common sight in Bhutan. Painted or carved, colorful phalluses are drawn on the walls of Bhutanese homes. Big ones hang from the eaves of the houses. Small ones hang around the necks of children. Key-chained ones are sold to giggling

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Top 6 Women Owned Bhutanese Brand
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6 women-owned Bhutanese brands to shop this year

Gone are the days when women were only recognized for caring for their families and were restricted to their homes. In the past, Bhutanese women were rarely seen doing business upfront because, like many other countries, it was considered a man’s realm. Entrepreneurship in Bhutan was a  man’s dominion traditionally with Bhutanese men traveling to Tibet and India to do

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Hand Spinning Prayer Wheels: Spinning the Wheels of Dharma
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Hand Spinning Prayer Wheels: Spinning the Wheels of Dharma

Believed to help people in gaining merit and cleansing their karma, Hand Spinning Prayer wheels are cylindrically shaped wheels with sacred Buddhist scriptures inscribed in the form of mantras, which are to be chanted in a repetitive order. The hand spinning prayer wheels are a common sight in the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. On the outside of the wheel, and

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