Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments. Here, we value our heritage and traditions and ensure the skills and knowledges of the past are passed on to the younger generations. at the national institute for Zorig Chusum in Thimphu, a school that provides instruction in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts. These 13 arts and crafts of Bhutan altogether define the overall landscape of Bhutan’s art, architecture and handicraft.
If you can’t travel all the way here to scoop the markets and visit local artisans’ atelier. You can always bring a taste of Bhutan to your home by buying some of the most sought-after Bhutanese products directly on our website. We ship worldwide and always ensure proper package tracking for peace of mind.
At Taste of Bhutan, we source exquisite works of handmade craftsmanship directly from Bhutanese artisans. From woven baskets, to burl wood bowls, to one-of-a-kind textiles, our products curation represents traditional Bhutanese crafts.
Handwoven and embroidered textiles are generally recognised as Bhutan’s premier handicraft. Centuries of tradition have honed the techniques of textiles dyeing, weaving and stitching. Most of the weavers are women and it is rare to find a home in Bhutan that does not ‘clunk’ to the sound of a loom. The fabrics are noble and vibrant, and beautifully timeless.
Textiles of Bhutan can be used as a fashion statement through our selection of clutches, bags, scarves and soon attire; or to bring an original touch to your home décor with throws and cushions.
The secret to Bhutan’s Gross Happiness Index lays partly in meditation and prayers. Bhutanese people believe in the power of prayers & meditation and promote it as a part of their rich culture. One of the best sellers in Bhutan and online are they meditation product. There are a lot of options to choose from incense sticks to prayer flags, prayer bells, singing bowl resin statues and much more.
Cordyceps sinensis is a highly sought after Himalayan medicinal mushroom that grows in Bhutan at elevations above 14,000 feet. The spores of the mushroom attack the ghost moth caterpillar that lives underground, mummify the host, and grow dramatically out of its head.
Cordyceps sinensis is seen as a very precious medicinal mushroom in China and other Asian countries. Due to its high demand and rarity, Cordyceps can cost up to $10,000 per pound.
For over 2000 years, Cordyceps sinensis has been used as a tonic, to increase health and vitality, combat aging and prevent various (age-related) diseases. Cordyceps sinensis is used in traditional Chinese medicine to benefit the working of the kidney and lung meridians.
4 – Bhutan Postal stamps
Bhutan is truly a philatelist’s paradise as Bhutan offers an extensive collection of postal stamps. Bhutan Post Office is recognized for its exclusively unusual and unique postal stamps. Stamps of all shapes, sizes, and characteristics are issued here. Some of the unusual stamps include 3D stamps on various themes like mask dances, butterflies of Bhutan, and birds of Bhutan, CD Stamps that can actually be played using a CD player which plays Bhutanese songs and Gramophone record stamps which plays various sounds when put into a gramophone are also presented.
Bhutanese musical instrument stamps where a person can scan the QR code on their mobile device and listen to Bhutan’s national anthem and various other Bhutanese songs are some brands the Bhutan post-manufactures.
A selection of stamps is available in the shop section, however if you are looking for something specific, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the best things you can buy from Bhutan is their local ingredients. Here the lands are pristine, the pesticides forbidden and GMO seeds unheard of. Bhutan food product are among the purest and tastiest you can find making items like chilli powder, tea leaves, noodles and rice top-rated among foodies. The two best sellers are Bhutanese Red Rice and Wild Flower Honey.
6 – Jewellery
Intricate jewellery with motif, made of silver and gold, are much sought after by women of Bhutan and tourists alike. The traditional jewellery made in Bhutan are heavy bracelets, komas the fasteners attached to the kira, the traditional dress of Bhutanese women, loop earrings and necklaces.
Apart from gold and silver jewellery, Bhutan is famous for Himalaya beads or Dzi Beads. It is believed that these beads were created by Gods to fight the evil spirit, and thus, they bring positivity around you.
As most Bhutanese arts, paintings are almost always associated with Buddhist mythology and spiritual teachings and the most famous are Thangkas. Thangkas are an important aspect of religious culture in Bhutan and are generally drawn on cotton or silk appliqué. Thangka paintings are a representation of Buddhist teachings and Buddha’s doctrines.
Unlike other artworks around the world, Thangkas are painted using natural mineral colours rather than synthetic colours. Some of the most popular Thangka paintings are of Mandalas. Mandalas are a circular representation of the Buddhist structure of a universe. Thangka paintings are great souvenirs for tourists who love to collect artworks or for someone just simply looking for a unique art piece to decorate their living room.
In Bhutan, “Sowa Rigpa” the ancient Buddhist system of medicine is officially recognized and established by the Government as an alternative to the modern medicine. Here we believe in the potent power of the plants, and through knowledge acquire from our ancestors, we have developed many herbal blends to enjoy for their tastes or benefits.
The Best seller years after years is the Bhutan Cordyceps Tea from Bhutan Cordyceps Sinensis.
9 – Wood Carving
All Bhutanese crafts are quite intricated and awe-inspiring, and the same goes for the traditional art of engraving, called Par-zo. One of the things that are popular among buyers are wooden bowls, Dappas, Dappas are still use daily in any Bhutanese home. Trashiyangtze, a district in eastern Bhutan sells the most remarkable Dappas.
Other wooden products include tables, partitions, jewellery boxes, sculptures and masks that make incredible decorations for your house. The Bhutanese wooden products come in a variety of shades and have beautiful intricate carvings.
10 – Bhutanese Mask
Bhutanese culture celebrates a lot of festivals to promote peace and spirituality. A significant part of their celebration is wooden masks depicting various characters from local legends and myths. There are unique mask dancing festivals in Bhutan to bring people together. These masks are decorated with bright colours and beads and come in different shapes and sizes.
11 – Baby Yak Wool Items
Scarves, Shawls and Throws made of baby yak wool are our personal favourite in the office, especially in the winter. Baby yak wool is among the comfiest, warmest and softest materials available. Baby yak wool items are usually mores subtill and delicate when it comes to colours and pattern making it easy to use on a daily basis.
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