RADHA  PANDEY

The Kagzis of Sanganer

2012

Paper is made by assuming a squatting position and dipping the screen and frame into the vat that has been dug-out

Agitating the vat
Agitating the vat

The newer version of the dug-out vat is above ground, but still requires the papermaker to assume a squatting position

Agate stone
Agate stone

An agate stone in a holder is used to burnish the papers

Paper is made by assuming a squatting position and dipping the screen and frame into the vat that has been dug-out

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Traditional Papermaking in India is said to have found its origins in what is called Islamicate Papermaking that arrived in India in the 14th century. This handmade paper was used in mansucripts as well as official documents in the King's court at that time. The knowledge of papermaking passed on through the generations and now remains in the hands of a few families in Rajasthan, Northwestern India. The Kagzi (or, papermaker) family lives in Sanganer and continues this tradition of hand papermaking as it was passed down to them through the ages, with a few modern improvments. Visit their website at: http://hussainpapers.com/

Watch my lecture at FIT on Papermaking in India here.