Handmade Paper Making Process
The process began by reducing cotton waste to pulp. the pulp is diluted with water and put into a masonry. The lifting mould (mesh on a wooden frame) is then dipped into the trough, shaken evenly and lifted out with the pulp on it. The consistency of the pulp in the tank should be kept constant.
Roses are selected and plucked,
Flower petals were added to the pulp which is then transferred to
large tanks. workers submerged a rectangular tray of fine mesh into
the water. Taking pulp from the tank, and emptied it into the tray.
the tray and the muslin, the sheet of pulp now on top was added to a
pile. The pile was then pressed to drive out most of the water.
Pressing reduces the bulkiness of the paper i.e. the sheets become
Small dirt particles are removed manually with a
sharp instrument. The cleaned sheets are given a coating with starch
to improve the physical properties of the paper and prevent
feathering. This is called sizing and can be done manually with a
brush or by the dipping method.
sheets were peeled off the muslin. As between 50 and 65% of
moisture remains in the sheets. The sheets are dried by hanging them
in open areas of sunlight to remove the rest of the moisture.
Dried Paper is passed through a series of metal rolls at the end of
a paper machine; when the paper is passed between these rolls it
increases its smoothness and glossy surface.