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WORLD NEWS | Handmade rugs become another source of income for women in Bhutan’s Cha-Ngar-Zam village

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thimpu [Bhutan]March 2 (ANI): Handmade rugs, or dramtse dhen, are another source of income for women in Cha-Ngar-Zam village in Bhutan’s Zhemgang district, Bhutan Live reported.

Teams of twelve women working at the Traditional Drumdhen Unit weave rugs of various sizes and designs. The Traditional Drumdhen Unit not only generates profits but also helps empower rural women.

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The women were trained in carpet weaving by the Bhutan Handicraft Association in 2021. Their handloomed rugs are of high quality and the group also uses locally sourced materials.

Despite the group’s best efforts, their products have yet to capture the market.

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“After we trained and built the unit, we couldn’t start production due to the pandemic. We had to keep a long gap in between,” said member Tsezom.

“After having the skills and the experience, I would say it will benefit us a lot because it sells well in the market, I’m pretty sure it will benefit us,” said another member, Lungten Dema, as quoted by The As quoted by Bhutan Live.

Despite the promise of fat profits, members say a lack of proper places to house their production units is holding them back from their work. The current structure is government owned and in poor condition.

A new center is being built below the current location. Members hope to increase production as they move into the new structure.

“The existing structure belongs to the government and it is very inconvenient and difficult for us during the rainy season because the rain seeps into the open space,” Tsezom said.

“Let’s see when the ongoing construction of our units is complete. We will sell our products through group bank accounts instead of individually,” Bhutan Live quoted member Tsewang Lhamo as saying.

According to villagers, some young people are returning to the village to learn carpet weaving. The Bhutanese Handicraft Association provided weaving equipment and in 2021 a traditional drum unit was established.

Theb Bhutan Live recently reported that the completion of a 9 km farm road has improved the lives of people in the village of Yuejug in Bhutan. The village is one of the most remote villages in Singye Gewog.

According to The Bhutan Live, farm road access helps increase farm income and eases the sale of farm produce, thereby improving the quality of life in rural areas.

The village of Yuejug, about 20 kilometers from Bhutan’s Sarpang district, has been isolated from the outside world due to the lack of roads. But with the first cut done, people say their lives have become more convenient and easier. (Arnie)

(This is an unedited and auto-generated story from a Syndicated News feed, the content body may not have been modified or edited by LatestLY staff)


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