The art of making paper is an ancient one. Here they rely on local production, manual labor and artisan skill. The paper is made from the bark of Daphne Papyri and Edgeworthia Papyri, found growing at high altitudes.
As the worker peels thin wet papers off the stack to place on the heated drying rack (below), Sonam, our Bhutanese guide, stands ready to help. He's dressed in the native Bhutanese dress.
I believe there is an art to everything. You know there has to be skill and art involved -- these sheets are, well, they're paper thin! I'd make such a mess here.
The paper-making factory offered items for sale. Buying at these gift shops is always optional, but today Jimmy and I bought two small Thunder Dragon (Bhutan's national symbol) wall hangings, which, of course, were rolled and wrapped in hand-made paper. It was another fascinating visit to see something most people never get to see. We returned to our hotel and dinner. Thimphu looks like an interesting town, and probably a fun place to explore.