About Handmade Paper

This diary features the use of artistic premium quality handmade khadi papers, which are environment friendly and will make your writing experience great. Handmade plantable paper has a unique look and texture that sets it apart from machine-made paper. The beauty of handmade seed embedded paper is that no two sheets are alike.

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Why use handmade papers?

Handmade paper has the advantage of being 100% wood free which makes it the most eco-friendly form of paper around. It is also 100% recycled. Handmade paper is excellent for writing as well as printing. It has greater tensile, bursting, tearing and double-fold strength compared to conventional paper. Handmade paper seems to be the perfect thing to have come around in terms of environment friendliness. There are no chemicals used in the manufacture of our handmade paper. The paper is solar dried, so no energy wastage. No trees are cut to make such paper, the pulp used to make the paper is derived from Cotton Fabric Rags, and this makes it 100% eco-friendly and 100% natural. So handmade paper cuts down on pollution, its saves trees (and wildlife) thus contributing to a much healthier environment.

FAQ about handmade papers

1. How is the handmade paper different from mill-made paper?

A. Usually, the paper used in our offices and home is mill made and is made from wood pulp, obtained by cutting the trees and by adding chemicals and dyes, which are very harmful for our environment and lead to Greenhouse effect. In making handmade paper, there are no chemicals and harmful dyes used. It is made using cotton waste of the textile mills, waste bio-mass like grass, jute, husk, waste wool, broken leaves and flower petals etc. Using handmade paper saves our environment and also helps in preserving our nature.

2. Is it possible to write on handmade paper?
A. Yes, it is possible to write on most varieties except some silk and rough textured paper. A well size handmade paper does not blot while writing with fountain pen. You can also print on handmade paper by using it on Inkjet or Laser Printers and can print your own stationery at home.

3. Is HANDMADE PAPER long-lasting ?
A. Handmade paper lasts much longer than mill made paper because of its inherent strength due to dispersed fibres.

Manufacturing Process

  1. SORTING & DUSTING
    The cotton rag (raw material) is sorted by hand to remove unwanted materials, variation in color and dust.
  2.  RAG CHOPPING
    The sorted material is chopped into small uniform sized pieces for making the pulp.
  3. BEATING
    The hollander pulps the chopped rags in water. Inert chemicals are added to give the paper the desired color, physical properties and consistency.
  4. SHEET FORMATION
    Option 1 (for thin/fine paper). DIPPING: The pulp is diluted with water and put into a masonry trough or vat. The lifting mould is then dipped into the trough, shaken evenly and lifted out with the pulp on it.
    Option 2 LIFTING: A fixed measure of pulp is poured evenly onto a mould, which is clamped between two wooden deckles (frames) in a water tank. The mould is then raised mechanically to drain excess water.
  5. COUCHING
    The wet paper is transferred on a cloth/felt sheet, building up a stack of interleaved sheets.
  6. PRESSING
    A hydraulic press is used to squeeze out excess water from the sheets. This improves the physical properties of the paper and facilitates drying.
  7. DRYING
    The sheets are hang dried to remove moisture.
  8. CLEANING & SIZING
    Small dirt particles are removed manually with pincers. The cleaned sheets are coated with starch to further improve the physical properties of the paper.
  9. CALENDERING
    The sheets are placed between metallic plates and passed through spring loaded rollers in a calendering machine. This smoothens them and enhances the gloss. This process is also used to get different surface textures.
  10. CUTTING
    The sheet till this point has the natural deckle edge. To make the paper workable it is cut in standard size of 22″x30″ or 56X76cms and then packed for delivery.

Handmade paper by its character shall always have minor variation in shade, thickness and density embellishments in each lot.