Nestled between the mountains of the Himalayas, the Bhutanese culture has shown their respect and distinctive ways of using natural materials from the ancient time. Shagzo – wood-turning, one of the country’s thirteen traditional arts and crafts, is an unreplaceable part of the country’s rich heritage.
Sangay Wood Turning Factory is where you can watch the demonstration of Shagzo. Just 3km from Paro town, the factory is located at Dopshari, on the way to the National Museum of Bhutan and Paro Rinpung Dzong.
The shagzo techniques are probably unlike anything you have seen, as they use the age-old methods and each product is so unique in shapes, sizes and colours. Learn how from a piece of wood, the Shagzopa (Shagzo artisans), step by step, create elegant and functional products like wooden bowls (dapa), cups (dza phob) and plates with beautiful patterns, while still keeping the ‘soul’ of the wood in it.
If interested, try your hand with Shagzo and bring home your own unique souvenir from Bhutan!