Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Of course, you know that if we visit a paper factory, it has to have its own post.

This paper factory is the "upstream" part of our previous paper factory tour in Kathmandu. Here, the Daphne bark is pulped, then turned into handsheets for further processing (e.g. printing). It's interesting that in conventional paper-making, the wood is used for fiber, and the bark is used for fuel, while in the Himalayas, the bark is the fiber source, and the wood is consumed for fuel.

The bark is first soaked overnight, then cooked (not shown).
The cooked pulp.
A beater mashes and refines the fibers.
The final pulp before papermaking.
Making a handsheet by dipping a bamboo mat/screen into diluted pulp.
Removing the sheet from the frame.
Separating the handsheet from the bamboo screen.
Stacks of new handsheets.
Most of the water is pressed out of the handsheets.
The final step is to dry the paper sheets on large heated metal plates.
A wasp nest outside the factory is made from a different kind of paper! I loved the swirls.

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