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Monday, January 23, 2012

Palm paper production

One of my favorite projects is showing how paper can be made from a variety of sources. In the process we learn to look at the structure of paper, the often overlooked and the simplest part of our luxurious lives.





The kids have been foraging, chopping, boiling, pulverizing and blending palm leaves to make sheets of green paper.

It's not parchment, which is animal skins, or papyrus, which is pressed reeds. It's water suspended pulp lifted through a screen enabling the fibers of the material to settle and lock into place.


It's alchemy and it is art.

(ndp)
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