The Jungshi paper factory is located approximately 1 km from Thimphu City, opposite to the Centenary farmers market.
The paper factory in Thimphu produces traditional paper known as the Deh-sho. The Jungshi paper factory is located approximately 1 km from Thimphu City, opposite to the Centenary farmers market. It uses the bark of the Daphne tree and the Dekap tree to manufacture the handmade papers.
Tourists can observe the complete ancient process of papermaking at the factory. Traditionally the papers were used by the monks to write prayer texts and manuscripts. Later the factory was set up in 1990 to preserve the tradition of paper making and also to commercialize it. Currently, the handmade paper is exported to US, Europe, Japan, India, and Nepal. The factory also has a small shop which sells the handmade papers along with other products such as books, greeting cards, paper bags and lamp shades, all made from the paper.
How to get the best of Jungshi paper factory?
The paper factory follows the same approach passed down from generations to make the paper but along the way they started using other ingredients like Bhutanese dried chilies, flower petals, grasses and many more to give the papers a vibrant texture and a fresh look. The tourist can ask for custom made designs and textures by choosing their own ingredient. The Bhutanese dried red chilly is famous among the tourists.
The tourists can even try a hand at this ancient craft and make some papers of their own as souvenirs.
Open On: Monday- Saturday
Closed On: Sunday (opens upon request)
Opening Time: 9 AM- 5 PM