Bhutanese Paper


Handmade Bhutanese Papers

Mitsumata and Daphne Papers Artisan-made in Bhutan

Like many of its neighboring countries, Bhutan’s traditional paper-making process dates back for centuries and is an integral part of the nation’s economy. The tropical climate of Southeast Asia, combined with the rich soils at the base of the Himalayas, creates an ideal environment for the Mitsumata bush to grow and thrive. The inner bark of the plant is used to create strong and lightweight papers. The harvested fibers are shorter than other washi sources (such as Kozo or Gampi), but blend together nicely to create a smooth and crisp surface for calligraphy, chine-colle, sumi, block printing, and several other applications. Known as Deh-sho, Bhutanese Mitsumata Paper comes is a versatile and natural paper that is acid-free and unsized. 

Bhutan also produces paper made from the Daphne Papyri tree that exhibits different properties than papers produced from the Mitsumata plant. This paper is called "Resho" in Bhutan and is generally thicker than most Mitsumata papers. Daphne paper is heavily produced in Nepal and is commonly known as Lokta paper. Compared to Nepalese Lokta paper, the Bhutanese Resho paper has a darker natural hue and a coarser texture.

Whether Mitsumata or Daphne, Bhutanese paper is well-known for its high quality and rich textures. Traditionally-made Bhutanese Paper is a great medium for paints, multi-media collage, soap/gift wrapping, and framing.