Some facts and the art of handmade
Take a minute to look around the room you're in and notice how
many things are made out of paper. There may be books, a few
magazines, some printer paper, and perhaps a poster on the wall.
Yet, if you consider that each person in the United States uses
749 pounds of paper every year (adding up to a whopping 187
billion pounds per year for the entire population, by far the
largest per capita consumption rate of paper for any country in
the world), then you realize that paper comes in many more forms
than meets the eye.
The fact is, world consumption of paper has
grown four hundred percent in the last 40 years. Now nearly 4
billion trees or 35% of the total trees cut around the world are
used in paper industries on every continent. Besides what you
can see around you, paper comes in many forms from tissue paper
to cardboard packaging to stereo speakers to electrical plugs to
home insulation to the sole inserts in your tennis shoes. In
short, paper is everywhere.
And now why handmade paper ? because it's all
Rags received from hosiery mills, preferably white in color, only
100 % cotton rags are accepted.
These rags need cleaning to remove synthetic fabric, pins, buttons, elastic, and color
rags are cut into small pieces [1” in length] to ensure uniform beating.
are put in water in a beater machine.
After 4 to 5 hours of beating and with
marginal input of organic chemicals pulp is ready.
is discharged into tanks and according to the grammage of the paper, a certain
quantity of pulp
is put into a mould.
It is spread
evenly on a steel net and then pressed on a piece of fabric.
paper is ready but contains a lot of water.
pile of paper and fabric is put into a hydraulic press to remove excess water.
pressing the paper is separated from the fabric and is put for drying. Natural drying is preferred.
dried paper has coarse texture; this is polished in a calendaring machine.
polished paper is sorted out for quality and cut into given sizes and then it is
packed in any desired
/ Water / Organic chemicals like Alum Diacol , Vegetable dyes.
size of handmade paper is 22” x 30”
is ream wise i.e. 500 No – 1 Ream, 250 No – 1/2 Ream.