Wednesday, June 22, 2011

On a beautiful paper trail...

One of the many interesting things I found in Jaipur was a wonderful source for hand-made paper. Today I will take you along on an interesting journey of paper that begins with this sack of waste trimmings from the hosiery industry...




...which undergoes a process of shredding+bleaching+dyeing...resulting in this wonderful slush all ready to start its new life as paper...




...but only after the slush  has been flattened out into sheets...




Rolled over to squeeze out extra moisture...




...and further dried by inserting a layer of voile fabric between every two layers of what would soon be ...paper...




...which is then passed through a paper press...




..so it comes out all flat and nice...




..ready to be sorted...




...and stacked up for further processing...






...which is sometimes in the form of screen printing...

 



...to make some beautifully patterned paper ready to be used just like that...or...




...crafted into anything from stationery to bags to lampshades to boxes ( i heard they make curtains too!!)...the possibilties limited only by one's own imagination...




...did I mention boxes?...yes some utterly gorgeous boxes...




...gloriously tree-free and consequently guilt-free beauties ...



 
Easy on the conscience and surely something to make the mother earth smile!! I'll be sharing some more tree-free paper goodies very soon. Have a lovely day!

all images maison marigold

11 comments:

Neha@ Allthingsbeautiful said...

Hi Meenal,

This is lovely...I loved the magenta paper. I have a BIG fetish for handmade paper. On my last trip to India and to Jaipur, I really wanted to visit one of these paper making places, but just couldn't find the time to even explore such a place. Could you please share the details of this place- name, address etc.
Thank you so much for sharing this!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Hi!

What a great post!

I'm loving your blog. It's so fun, well written and I'm loving seeing all the interiors.

Please, drop by if you have a minute. It's so nice to "meet" you!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Michele at Modmissy said...

Thank you for taking me to places I may never see. Such colour, such beauty.

designchic said...

What a fascinating process. Love seeing how this is done and the boxes are gorgeous!!

helen tilston said...

Beautiful post with beautiful colours and an interesting account.
Thank you. I am now following you and shall look forward to earlier posts.
Stop and visit me at your convenience
helentiltonpainter.blogspot.

meenal bishnoi said...

Neha- this is salim's paper in sanganer jaipur..they are exporters and do not do retail..you could however ask them for a tour the next time you are in jaipur!!
Luciane- thankyou for your lovely words..i'll be sure to visit your blog..xx meenal

meenal bishnoi said...

michelle, design chic- so happy you liked this post!!
Helen- thankyou for you comment and also for following my blog..I'll be visitng your blog for sure..xx meenal

The Style Realist said...

Wow, thanks for sharing..these images are beautiful!

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Neha@ Allthingsbeautiful said...

Thanks for the info, Meenal.

Kavita said...

Hi Meenal, enjoyed your blog. Just posted a link to this post on the Indian By Design fb page.

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