In a stunning display of cultural exchange and friendship, the Kingdom of Bhutan left its mark on the grand Royal Brunei Wedding Reception Banquet. The event celebrated the union of Royal Highness Prince Abdul Mateen ibni Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Yang Mulia Dayang Anisha Rosnah binti Adam at the magnificent Istana Nurul Iman in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Adding a touch of Indian elegance to the occasion, renowned designer Manav Gangwani was entrusted with the task of creating exquisite attire for Bhutan’s revered royal couple, His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck.
Manav Gangwani, known for his meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail, crafted attire that perfectly encapsulated the regal essence of this momentous occasion. His design for His Majesty was a traditional Gho, a knee-length robe secured with a waist belt—a symbol of tradition and national prestige. Crafted from specially sourced cashmere yarn, the black Gho featured a red silk satin accent adorned with the Bhutanese pattern of the seven lucky symbols.
For Her Majesty, Gangwani curated a traditional Bhutanese ensemble, consisting of three intricately crafted pieces: the kira (skirt), wonju (blouse), and toego (jacket). The beige-gold kira was a masterpiece, intricately embroidered with real gold and delicate floral motifs chain-stitched in a traditional Batik pattern from Brunei. Inspired by Brunei’s national flower, the Simpor (Dillenia Suffruticosa), the pattern paid homage to both countries’ rich traditions. The wonju, made from lotus silk, was not only visually stunning but also eco-friendly, as it was created from lotus plant fibers. Completing the ensemble, the toego was made from the finest Brunei Jong Sarat, a sumptuous silk brocade interwoven with precious gold and silver threads in a special paisley pattern mixed with geometric batik motifs.
To complement her attire, Her Majesty adorned herself with a sleek chain and pendant featuring diamonds and Colombian emeralds, all part of the Royal Bhutanese jewelry collection.
Manav Gangwani’s selection as the designer for the royal couple’s attire was a testament to his deep friendship and special bond with Bhutan. His commitment to preserving tradition while infusing contemporary elegance made him the ideal choice to dress His Majesty and Her Majesty for this remarkable event. Their presence at the Royal Brunei Wedding Reception Banquet, alongside other royal guests and heads of state, certainly turned heads and made a significant statement.
Manav Gangwani’s honor of designing for the youngest and most revered royal couple in the world showcased the enduring friendship between Bhutan and India. Through the intricate details and craftsmanship of their attire, this momentous occasion exemplified the strength of cultural ties and the beauty of international relationships.