The Bhutanese produce a variety of highly prized utilitarian turned wooden bowls, cups, plates, dishes and containers, all of which they use in their daily life. These bowls and containers come in different shapes, sizes, and colours, which distinguish the different uses that each is put to - a monk's bowl, a serving bowl, a rice bowl, or a soup bowl being common examples. Made from wood with the help of slow-revolving, pedal-operated lathes, these bowls remain unaffected by heat or liquid and are lacquered with indigenous materials. Often, the smaller tea or soup bowls may be inlaid with silver, which makes them even more attractive and also enhances their lasting ability.
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