National Institute of Zorig Chusum

Zorig Chusum refers to the thirteen traditional arts of Bhutan. At the National Institute for Zorig Chusum in Thimphu, students learn these arts, which include clay sculpting, traditional painting, tailoring, wood carving, gold and silver smithing, and mask carving. Some of the other arts taught here are wood turning and lacquering, embroidery, and traditional boot making. Aspiring artists attend the courses from one to four years.

In the institute, one can visit the classrooms and watch students fine-tuning their crafts. The institute’s shop displays student work for sale.