Bhutan has a small but vibrant cottage industry. Traditional craftsman use simple tools to make a variety of crafts specifically designed for use in Bhutanese homes rather than for sale in the tourist market although the concept of souvenirs is catching on.
The best – known Bhutanese industry is textiles which has now gained some international recognition and found a niche international market. Bhutanese weavers use a variety of natural raw materials like yak hair, cotton, wool, and silk to weave distinct patterns that are used mostly for clothing.
Coral and turquoise, set in silver and gold, are popular across the Himalayas. Other Bhutanese jewelry include silver and gold brooches,earings ,rings and bangles .The intricately carved betel containers are now going out of use.
Wood: Bhutan’s hand-turned wooden utensils are an attractive addition to the dining table. Wooden bowls, plates, and community in eastern Bhutan using pedal lathes on burl wood of prized wood like rhododendron and Daphne.
Bhutan is famous for its cane Tupperware-baskets known as bang-chung that snap together to form a container. The Bhutanese use this as a plate to eat and as a container to pack food and snacks. Woven bamboo is also used to decorate wood and bamboo containers for alcohol and quivers.
Carved and painted wooden souvenier are available in the shops, the most popular being the eight lucky signs. Hand carved and painted Bhutanese tables (chodrums) are available for those who can carry heavier souvenirs.
Bhutanese scroll painting known as thangkha are stylised painting depicting religious imagery. Traditional painters use mineral pigments and frame them on bright brocade backgrounds.
Bhutan’s stamps are well known among collectors around the world. Attractive stamp albums, stamp sheets and a variety of first day covers are available at the Thimphu General post office and handicraft shops around the country.