Cultural museum set up to preserve near-extinct items in Khotang


February 21, 2024


Cultural museum set up to preserve near-extinct items in Khotang

Some of the items included in the Khotang-based Cultural Museum/File photo.

KHOTANG: A cultural museum has been established at Jalapa of Diktel Rupakot Majhuwagadhi municipality -12 in Khotang district in order to preserve the household items used by ancestors of the residents in Khotang.

Established in the building of then village development committee, the museum was inaugurated on February 18.

It features over 200 ancient household gizmos as old as 200 years, shared Dan Bahadur Rai, Chairperson of ward no 12.

The items kept in museum are leather thaili (traditional ladies’ purse), wooden ladle, cane basket, grinding stone, spear, sword, wooden repousse, fishing net, wooden glass, spoon and spatula, sickle, cradle, and plough, among others.

The ward office collected the materials from the houses of local residents, mostly constituting the communities as Brahman, Chhetri, Dalit, Rai, Tamang and Sherpa.

The courtesy and name of the users or donors (dead or alive) of such gizmos are clearly mentioned in the materials showcased in the museum, said ward chair Rai.

More near-extinct traditional gizmos would be added to the museum, shared Rai, adding that they set up museum to conserve the old-time appliances and to educate the new generation about those materials.

“These household devices connects us our history as solid proofs. We hope to make our village suitable place for study, visit and observation through museum,” he said, expressing hope that the newly inaugurated museum would help in tourism promotion of the place.

Similarly, a Kirati museum is also in the offing at Ribdung Mahenshwori of Aishelu Kharka rural municipality in the district.

The museum is aimed at displaying, preserving and promoting Kirati community’s language, art, artifacts and household items, weapons, attires, jewelries and musical instruments, among others.

The construction of indigenous museum at Alchedhunga of ward no 2 of Diktel Rupakot Majhuwagadhi municipality, however, is in limbo due to irregularities reported during the construction of the museum.