Nyikem’s experiences exhibited at the Royal Textile Academy
In remembrance of the past Nyikem and to share their experiences, the exhibition, “In the service of our Kings” was inaugurated last Thursday at the Royal Textile Academy (RTA) by Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck. Besides that, Her Majesty also launched a book compiling photographs and experiences at the event.
In August 2013, His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck granted an audience to the members of the Nyikem Gongzhu Tshogpa comprising of retired red scarf who have served the Kings in various capacities. During the audience, His Majesty ex- pressed his idea of having an exhibition at the RTA, to recognize the meritorious services of the Dashos to the Tsa-Wa-Sum.
The primary goal of the Tshogpa is to help conserve and promote the rich traditions of Bhutan and to document development history as they have experienced it during their service. While there are more recipients of the red scarf, this exhibition focuses on the members of the Tshogpa. It is a compilation of their shared experiences and views.
Accordingly, Nyikem Gongzhu Tshogpa and the RTA had hosted the exhibition; “In the service of our Kings” dedicated to His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. While, the historic exhibition was one of the unique programs which was identified as part of the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo.
Around the world the knighthood ceremony of Great Britain is well known and documented. Similarly the exhibition would be unique opportunity to archive and create awareness on the significance of the awarding of the red-scarf.
The exhibition had interactive session with individual Dashos who have volunteered to share their experiences. Hence all the public, tourist, nationals and especially youth of Bhutan will have the opportunity to learn about our unique Bhutanese culture.
Among the recipient of the Bura Marp (red scarf), born in 1940 from Gongkha under Haa Dzongkhag, Dasho Phub Tshering was the one who recipient of the Bura Marp (red scarf) in 1984 from His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
Dasho Phub Dorji born in 1940 who received bura marp from His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo in 1986 said that Bhutan would not have achieved what it has if His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck did not have initiated the policy of decentralization. It is as if the country has transformed from a medieval society to a modern nation state overnight.
Another recipient Dasho Dophu Tshering born in 1946 received bura marp from His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo in 1988.
Dasho Yangki T. Wangchuk born in 1952 recipient of bura marp from His Majesty the fourth King in 2006 said, parents realized the importance of education because of the development programs initiated by our third King who was known as the father of modern Bhutan, so more parents started sending girls to school.
While, there are number of suggestions and beliefs as to the origin of the bura marp. Some believes that it existed even before the 17th century while others are of the view that it was originated during the time Zhabdrung’s era and then over time it evolved to its present day practice.