Paper making in Bhutan is a tradition that is handed down from father to son. Highly prized for its resistance to insects, Bhutanese paper, or daysho, is made from the bark of the Daphne or edgeworthia shrubs found in the Himalayan region. Today, the collection of the bark is regulated to ensure sustainability.
Bhutanese daysho is used for the painting of scriptures, for manuscripts and for formal legal agreements. Commercially printed wrapping paper has yet to replace the popularity of Bhutanese paper as Bhutan’s highly appreciated handmade gift wrapper.