Bjoka gewog(village) is the remotest gewog located in Zhemgang Dzongkhag(District).
Within the gewog, development infrastructures include an RNR center, Beat office, Community Center, farm shop, two health centers, ORCs, primary school, and farm road.
The villager's livelihood depends on subsidiary farming but for centuries, Bjoka has been renowned for its cane and bamboo handicrafts, particularly Bangchung making. Apart from mangoes and potatoes, it is the primary source of income.
The Art of Bangchung-Making
The people of Bjoka village have perfected the art of bangchung making over the years. Yulay, or small climbing bamboo, is the type of bamboo they use. Yulay bamboo is capable of taking dyes quite easily, which makes it different from all other bamboo types.
Once the bamboos are harvested, they are split into segments according to the size of the bangchung to be woven. After splitting into outer and inner parts, the pieces are dried.
Before dyeing the bamboo slices, they are seasoned for at least three weeks. The first step in dying is to dye it with yellow turmeric. It is used as the primary color and dried. A variety of colors are then added. The art is resonated into a product made with love, care, and respect for centuries-old tradition.
The art is very traditional and unique to Bjoka. Now, don’t you want to preserve this art and keep it for yourself. Buy centuries-old tradition and help Bjoka Villagers to preserve this art for future generations.
Source: Bhutan Cultural Atlas
Photo Credit: Bhutan Cultural Atlas
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