In Bhutan, paper-making was traditionally practised as a domestic activity. Paper was made entirely by hand from the bark of the Daphne plant and gum from a creeper root. Often the Daphne bark was mixed together with other barks and roots to yield different varieties of paper. What made the Daphne paper special was its luminosity and texture and the quality of its being termite and insect repellent - it was thus particularly valued for writing religious scriptures and historical records.
The National Museum, Paro has a collection of rare manuscripts written on Daphne paper. The National Library contains about 6,100 Tibetan and Bhutanese books, both manuscripts and xylographs and a collection of 9,000 printing boards.
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