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I’d often wondered how Mulberry bark paper was made and we recently had the opportunity to watch how it is made:

The bark which has been peeled off the tree is first left to dry. It’s then soaked in water until it’s soft. Once it’s soft it’s pounded with a hammer for 20 minutes until the fibres start to break up.

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A handful or two is put into the pot, water is added and then vigorously stirred with a wooden implement that looks like a stick with a number of branches sticking out (a bit like a giant hairbrush).

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When the fibres are completely broken up and the water just looks cloudy, it’s poured into the frame which sits in a bath of water. Handfuls of fresh cherry blossom (or other natual elements) are dropped onto the surface.

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It is then swished around by hand until the fibres and blossom are evenly distributed. The frame is carefully lifted out of the water and drained.

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It’s then propped up and left to dry in the sun for a couple of hours.

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Voilà your mulberry bark paper is ready to be used in lampshades, writing paper, wrapping paper, purses, etc.

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Comments on: "Friday Finds: making mulberry bark paper" (3)

  1. Thank you so much for this interesting and very informative post. I have a precious notebook made from Mulberry bark paper, now it’s even more valuable! 🙂
    Wishing you a Happy Valentine,
    Dina, Klausbernd, Siri & Selma xxxx

  2. Making paper is fun, I’ve tried it but could only make sheets a bit bigger than A5.

  3. it is beautiful – did you buy a few sheets ? : ) very interesting to see how it is made.

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