Paper-making (Shogzo)

Paper is produced from the daphne and edgeworthia shrubs. It is a lengthy and time-consuming process. The shredded bark is boiled in a large vat before being reduced into pulp and then spread onto a bamboo net. This paper is called tshar shog and is thick, darkish and strong. If the pulp is spread onto a cotton cloth, then the paper is called reshog and is whitish and thinner then the large sheets (A3 size) are dried in the sun and smoothen. Generally these handmade papers are very strong and cannot tear easily.

The sheets were used to write religious texts, official documents but also to wrap objects and were bartered with goods from Tibet.