Yangtse ar­ti­sans re­turn af­ter learn­ing and the Ja­panese art of hand­made pa­per mak­ing

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Wo­manang is an idyl­lic vil­lage in Trashiyangtse famed for its black­necked crane, wooden bowl pro­duc­tion and Deysho (hand-made pa­per) mak­ing. Agri­cul­ture re­mains the dom­i­nant ac­tiv­ity.

Very re­cently, three res­i­dents of Won­mang re­turned from a three-week long train­ing on hand-made pa­per mak­ing and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment in Ja­pan, as part of the JICA funded hand­made pa­per part­ner­ship pro­ject, im­ple­mented by the Depart­ment of Cot­tage and Small In­dus­tries and Sek­ishu Washi Co­op­er­a­tive of Ha­mada City, Ja­pan.

Thirty year old Penpa Dem, the lone woman in the group op­er­ates a small hand­made pa­per­mak­ing busi­ness. Along with her fam­ily, she pro­duces around 10,000 pa­per an­nu­ally, earn­ing around Nu. 100,000. She is de­ter­mined not only to im­prove the qual­ity of her pa­per and also in­crease her out­put once she gets back.

“Though till now I have been only a part time pa­per maker’, says 45 year old Pema Rinzin, “I am now plan­ning to in­cor­po­rate new tech­niques that I learnt while in Ja­pan and want to start mak­ing en­velopes, note pads, and cards. I am con­fi­dent that this busi­ness will be suc­cess­ful”. He makes around Nu. 200,000 an­nu­ally from this busi­ness.

The last mem­ber of the group Tsh­er­ing Wanchuk, 41, used to be a Non For­mal Education in­struc­tor for 15 years, and took up pa­per mak­ing to earn some ad­di­tional in­come for the last four years. He is de­ter­mined to take up pa­per mak­ing on a full time ba­sis, be­ing en­cour­aged with the new skills that he has learnt in Ja­pan.

He says that he was amazed by the ded­i­ca­tion and care the Ja­panese give to their work. The kind of self-dis­ci­pline, con­cen­tra­tion and work at­ti­tude they dis­played gen­uinely im­pressed him.

“We also learnt the value of pa­per re­sources and the im­por­tance of min­i­miz­ing wastage dur­ing pro­duc­tion”, says Pema.

In­clud­ing the three of them, a to­tal of eight from Yangtse has now been trained in the art of pa­per-mak­ing in Ja­pan. All of them were pro­gres­sive mem­bers of the pa­per­mak­ing group that they formed at the start of this three-year pro­ject. Later this year March, three Ja­panese ex­perts will be in Yangtse to mon­i­tor the progress made and pro­vide the last round to train­ing and.

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