Saturday, February 6, 2016

From traditional to contemporary-varied uses of Handmade Paper

Handmade Paper is a paper made by hand unlike the mill made paper generally used in home and offices. It is made by using a mold i.e. a frame covered with a flat, rigid screen or flexible screen. Traditionally, handmade Paper is made by using recycle paper and various vegetable fibers or cotton rags. These fibers are obtained from a variety of plant species. Each fiber has its own physical properties and lends a peculiar characteristic to the paper. Handmade paper can be categorized primarily by the sheet making process.

The handmade paper industry is one among the ancient industries which traces its roots from China through the Mid-East to Europe. However, records say that even during 3rd Century B.C., Indians used paper made from cellulose fibers. In olden times, they did write on leaves of palm trees.

Handmade paper is best known for its eco-friendly qualities. It has the advantage of being 100% wood free which is also 100% recycled. There are no chemicals used in the manufacturing process, no trees are cut, and no disturbance to nature and that makes Handmade paper so natural and healthier to the environment. Handmade paper has greater tensile, bursting, tearing and double-fold strength compared to conventional paper. It does not deteriorate with time if stored properly, i.e., away from dampness and moisture and can stay for almost 100 years for its inherent property of protection against insects. Its usage is much similar to the conventional paper in printing and writing. Besides, handmade paper is stylish and classy, and it has a big market today for its diversified usage.

Unlike the conventional paper, Handmade Papers are little costly as it’s not mass produced in machine although the cost involved in the conventional paper are more in the long run with the destruction being caused by mass felling of trees and damage done to the environment. There are many advanced technologies and equipment’s available today keeping intact the age old process and principles in the manufacturing of handmade papers today.

Handmade paper is, trendier and it gives a classy look which is the reason behind the increase in demand for the paper. Papers are made based on specifications such as the thickness, size, and color over a minimum manufacturing order. Papers transformed into beautiful products are useful as unique gift options, office accessories, home decorations, and other utility products. Besides printing and writing, handmade paper is used in making a lot of varied and beautiful products like carry bags, gift wraps, photo frames, diary, basket, lamp shades and different stationery items