Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

Landmark in Bhutan

Last Updated On : 21/08/2017

Alongside Bhutan’s internationally applauded concept of Gross National Happiness, the jaw- dropping landscapes, and the plethora of Buddhist sights, the country takes a distinct pride in its cultural heritage in arts and crafts, and along with painting, weaving and woodwork, paper making is one of them.

In 1990, the Ministry of Trade and Industry established the Jungshi Handmade Factory (Jungshi meaning natural) in Bhutan's capital Thimphu, to expand the old domestic skill for commercial purposes, and thus give the ancient art relevance in the modern world. Today, they export their products to the US, Japan, Europe, India and Nepal.

In a simple one story building in Thimphu’s southern suburbs, rough natural fibers are extracted from the bark of two species of highland shrubs and slowly transformed into beautiful translucent sheets of paper.  The factory uses the bark of two tree species, the Daphne tree and Dhekap tree in the manufacture of traditional paper. Visitors can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper using ancient traditional methods that have been practiced for generations. You can even try your hand at this ancient craft and make some paper of your very own as a souvenir. Deh-sho paper was originally used by monasteries for woodblock and manuscript books and also for writing prayer books.

It is located approximately 1 km from Thimphu City. The Jungshi paper factory continues to preserve and promote this age-old Bhutanese tradition. It also produces various other products, such as stationery and greeting cards.

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