About Bhutan: Arts & Crafts

Bhutan Arts & Crafts


Traditionally Bhutan has 13 arts and crafts, known as the Zorig Chuesum. Zorig means different crafts and Chuesum means thirteen.  All Bhutanese art, dance and music originates from its Buddhist religious roots and follows strict iconographic rules.  The Government of Bhutan is focused on preserving and reviving the ancient arts with the School of Arts and Crafts in Thimphu. Young students can learn traditional boot making, pottery, embroidery, weaving, sculpting, painting, carving, carpentry, bamboo work, masonry, leather work, paper making, and gold, silver and bronze and blacksmithery.

Bhutan also has a unique architecture that is distinct to the region. Bhutanese architecture has an unmatched combination of engineering skills and aesthetic beauty that is reflected in all its structures. It is a significant feature of Bhutanese identity and the dzongs and temples, stupas, houses are diverse and harmonious examples of Bhutanese architecture.

If you have an interest to visit the School of Arts, we are happy to arrange a tour.