Discovering Shugu Sheng- the handmade paper of the Monpa

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Discovering Shugu Sheng- the handmade paper of the Monpa
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Journey into the heart of Monpa culture with our exclusive short escape to Mukto Village, where you will discover the ancient art of Shugu Sheng, the traditional handmade paper of the Monpa people. This rare craft, once practiced in almost every household, holds a special place in the region’s heritage. The handmade paper, primarily used for sacred scriptures in monasteries and prayers inside prayer wheels, reflects its profound cultural and spiritual significance. On this immersive adventure, you’ll witness the meticulous process of creating Shugu Sheng and gain a deeper appreciation for the sustainable practices and intricate craftsmanship that have been passed down through generations.

Our experience begins at the Tawang Tourist Lodge, where you will meet our knowledgeable local guide. From there, we embark on a scenic drive to Mukto Village, nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Tawang. As we arrive, you’ll be introduced to one of the few remaining artisans who still practice this traditional craft. Through a hands-on demonstration, you will learn about the entire paper-making process—from harvesting the raw materials to producing the final product. This journey offers a rare glimpse into a vanishing art form and an opportunity to connect with the artisans who strive to keep this tradition alive.

Although the artisans primarily speak the local Tawang Monpa dialect, our local guide will facilitate communication, ensuring all your questions are answered. After experiencing the intricate process, we will thank the artisan for their time and bid them farewell over a cup of tea. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase some of the beautiful handmade paper as a keepsake of this unique experience.

  • Welcome and introduction at Tawang Tourist Lodge
  • Scenic drive to Mukto Village with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Hands-on demonstration of Shugu Sheng paper-making
  • Opportunity to try making Shugu Sheng paper
  • Communication facilitated by a local guide
  • Farewell tea with the artisan
  • Picnic lunch with local delicacies
Things to carry
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing suitable for warm and cold weather
  • Sunscreen and hat for sun protection
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memorable moments
  • Notebook and pen for jotting down interesting facts or experiences
  • Cash for any purchases or tips
  • Raincoat/Poncho (in case of weather change)
  • Any personal medication or essentials
  • 7:30 AM: Meet at Tawang Tourist Lodge. Our local guide will welcome you and provide an introduction to the day’s adventure before we set off in a vehicle to Mukto Village.
  • 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Enjoy a scenic drive to Mukto Village, soaking in the breathtaking landscapes and learning about the history and significance of Shugu Sheng in Monpa culture from our knowledgeable guide.
  • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Arrive at Mukto Village and meet one of the few remaining artisans who still practice the traditional craft of making Shugu Sheng.
  • 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM: Immerse yourself in the process of handmade paper-making. The artisan will guide you through each step, from harvesting the raw materials to the final product. Learn about the cultural significance of the paper.
  • 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Engage in a hands-on session where you can try your hand at making a piece of Shugu Sheng paper under the artisan’s guidance, gaining a deeper appreciation for the skill and patience required.
  • 12:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Begin the return journey to Tawang Tourist Lodge, reflecting on the day’s discoveries and enjoying the scenic beauty of the route. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at a picturesque spot for a relaxing picnic lunch, where you can savor delicious local delicacies amidst nature’s tranquility.

Cultural Enthusiasts: Perfect for those interested in exploring and preserving traditional crafts and understanding their historical context.

Art and Craft Lovers: Ideal for individuals who appreciate artisanal work and want to learn about unique and ancient crafting techniques.

Sustainability Advocates: Great for those who are passionate about sustainable practices and traditional methods that respect the environment.

  • Cultural Immersion: Dive deep into the Monpa community’s heritage by learning about the ancient art of Shugu Sheng and its significance in their daily and spiritual lives.
  • Hands-On Experience: Participate in the paper-making process, allowing you to appreciate the skill and dedication of the artisans.
  • Sustainable Practices: Discover the eco-friendly methods used in traditional paper-making, reflecting the Monpa community’s harmony with nature.
Frequently Asked Questions

What activities are included in the short escape?

The itinerary includes a scenic drive to Mukto Village, a hands-on demonstration of the Shugu Sheng paper-making process, a hands-on paper-making session, and a picnic lunch.

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