Arts & Crafts

Traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts, unlike in many other countries, are not remnants of a bygone era. Almost all of arts and crafts in Bhutan have religious, spiritual and cultural significance and each one reflects the Bhutanese way of life. What differentiates the Bhutanese arts and crafts from other countries is that it is a manifestation of a living culture in Bhutan.

The Zorig Chusom, 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan, is categorized as follows:

  • Thag-zo (The art of weaving)
  • ¬†Tsha-zo (The art of weaving canes & bamboos)
  • Shag-zo (Crafting wooden cups & bowls)
  • Lha-zo (Painting)
  • Shing-zo (The art of wood works)
  • Do-zo (Craft of masonry)
  • Par-zo (The art of carving)
  • Jim-zo (The art of clay works)
  • Lug-zo (The art of bronze casting)
  • Gar-zo (The art of Iron works)
  • Troe-ko (The art of making oranaments using precious stones and metals)
  • De-zo (The art of making paper)
  • Tshem-zo (The art of embroidery & Applique)

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