Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Not far from Samarkand (Uzbekistan) there is a village where one local man started his own business of paper production using an old technology. It could help him to earn and could be interesting for tourists.

The old technology needed some restoration. It was invented by the Chinese long long ago. The paper made this way is called Samarkand silk paper today. But everything turned out to be not so complicated.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

The man making the paper himself.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

This is mulberry. It grows almost at each kishlak.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

They cut the sticks and put them under the press in the water for soaking.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Then they remove the bark from the sticks.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Then the bark is to be boiled.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Then they use such a mill to turn the boiled bark into mushy mixture.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Then the mixture is put into a tank with cold water, stirred there.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

The sieve is put down in the tank.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

The water is let to flow down.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

It is put under the press now.

Mulberry fibers intertwined with each other like felt. Now it only remains to remove the water. And the sheet of paper is almost ready.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

It should be dried next.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Removing bubbles with a brush.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Then it needs to be polished after a couple of days. This is done with a stone and a shell – exactly like in the ancient times.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

They polish it with the stone first, then – with the shell.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

It becomes glossy like paper of some fashion magazine.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

To the left – ordinary paper, to the right – silk one. It is easier and more comfortable for eyes to read a text on the silk paper.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Silk paper also serves for making various stuff like masks, bags, vests etc.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

If you use this paper and an ordinary printer, you get a cool result – use a frame and you may tell that you bought it somewhere at an Iranian market.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

The bag made from silk paper.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

And gowns.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

And the ball.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

What will happen with ordinary paper if it is washed? A death defying act! The paper is going to be washed now!

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Squeezing.

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

Handmade Ancient Silk Paper Being Made Today

There is no a single hole!

If only all paper we use could be washed to look like new! How many trees could be saved then!

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