Art, Architecture & crafts
Traditional architecture remains alive in Bhutan. All buildings are constructed with multi-colored wood frontages, small arched windows, and sloping roofs. Walls of homes in western Bhutan are most frequently rammed earthen walls, pounded in to wooden frames and rendered with lime. Completed mud walls may be left naturally colored or whitewashed. In the wetter eastern valleys of Bhutan where settlements are dug directly into mountainside, the walls are more often made of stone. No plans are drawn up, nor are nails or iron bars used in the construction. Bhutan is rich traditional of arts, architecture and handicrafts is a vital expect of our unique cultural heritage.
The Bhutan is also in famous of its own Arts and Craft. There are thirteen traditional arts and crafts which is practiced right from the immemorial/ancient times, it is commonly understood that it was formally categorized during the reign of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, the fourth temporal ruler of Bhutan. The thirteen arts and crafts are categorized as follows: Shingzo (Woodwork), Dhozo (Stonework), Par zo (Carving), Lhazo (Painting), Jim zo (Sculpting) Lug zo (Casting), Shag zo (Wood Turning), Gar zo (Blacksmith), Troezo (Ornament Making), Tshazo (Bamboo Work), De zo (Paper Making), Tshemzo (Tailoring, embroidery and applique) and Thagzo (Weaving).