Bulaki – The forgotten Jewellery
Bulaki: The elegant nose ring, which is more than just a fashion choice.
As we traveled our way to the Far-west Nepal, the roads got narrower, concrete houses turned into classic mud houses, and a simpler life started to unfold in front of us. As we begun exploring and loving the far west, we saw women with a unique jewel hanging from their noses. This ornament was Bulaki; Almost a lost jewel.
We can see Bulaki only in few of these remote areas of Nepal where “Modernization” is yet to step in. Accham, Bajura, Dailekh are the few places where people wearing Bulaki can be spotted.
Out of curiosity we started researching and talking to these women about this elegant jewel. Normally, Bulaki is a gold ornament that hangs below a hole pierced through the septum until the lower lip. It is a culture of women from Limbu, Magar and Thami communities to wear Bulaki after they are married. The size, shape, and design of the Bulaki may differ according to the diversity of the place and people. But it is a fact that the whole ornament can be as long as 6cm and needs to be lifted up when the woman is eating. The lower part of the ornament is intricately decorated with stones and intricate designs.
More than the designs, in some ethnic groups, the Bulaki is placed into the mouth of recently-deceased women to help expedite the soul’s salvation process. It is believed that bulaki helps the women to attain Mukti.