Making Paper

Pindaya is well known for making decorative paper and umbrellas.

To make the paper, mulberry bark is first soaked for a day or so and then boiled for about eight hours. Then the process of pounding the fibres to a pulp begins. Mashing the boiled fibers is a long process of rhythmically pounding with two mallets.

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When the pulp is soft enough, it’s rubbed into a small bowl of water and swished to mix.

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A rectangular wooden frame with a stretched cotton base is placed into a bath of water. When the pulp in the bowl is liquid enough, it’s  poured into the water. A good swishing spreads the pulp evenly in the water across the cotton base.

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After the pulp has settled, petals and leaves are added to decorate the paper.

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After a minute or two of settling, the frame is lifted from the water bath and put into the sun to dry.

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The finished paper is then lifted from the cotton backing.

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