Zorig Chusum

Zorig Chusum

  • The Famous arts and crafts institute is located at Kawajangsa, a few minute drive from Thimphu Town. The Zorig Chusum was established in 1971. The 13 arts and crafts are believed to be introduced by Terton Pema Lingpa in the 15th century and was further distinguished by Tenzin Rabgay in the 17th century. Arts served both secular and religious functions. In many ways Zhabdrung`s life can also be aligned with that of Zorig Chusum.
  • The 13 arts and crafts have been assembled into one list and they are; Painting, Sculpture, Carving, Calligraphy, Paper making, Casting, Embroidery, Weaving, Carpentry, Masonry, Bamboo and Cane weaving, Gold/Silver Smithing and Black Smithing.
  • Arts and crafts are important to the Bhutanese tradition as it is gives the country and the people a sense of identity and provides a symbolic meaning.
  • Currently, the institute conduct 4 to 6 years courses that provide and promotes 13 Arts and Crafts of Bhutan. The Students are trained and specialized in subjects such as painting, woodcarving, embroidery and statue making. The institute has a vision to promote Bhutanese culture through preservation of traditional Arts and Crafts and also to revive the dying Arts and Crafts, through research and transfer of traditional and professional skills to the Youth.
  • Tourist can enjoy looking at the unique arts and crafts of Bhutan that have symbolic meaning to the country. You can witness the impressive skill and discipline young students showcase. There is also the opportunity to buy products made by the students as the institutes have a showroom where they market some of their products.

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