THE TECHNIQUE : PAPERMAKING
The technique of handmade papermaking has been passed down through generations in India, and the craft dates back to the 1500s. During that time period, Mughal emperors were ruling the nation of India and paper production and consumption was limited to the monarchy. The traditional craft is truly unique with a rich history.
Furthermore, India is among the top three countries for cotton production. In Jaipur, artisans at Craft Boat work with handmade cotton recycled paper and make beautiful and innovative paper-based products. This technique and the paper are unique to the Jaipur area. The quality and the texture of the materials set them apart and make them incredibly special.
Each sheet of paper is made by recycling tons of cotton waste from garment manufacturers located throughout India. This cotton is sent to papermaking workshops in Sanganer, a town in Jaipur, and is then converted into 100 percent cotton paper. The cotton textile scraps are assorted and recycled into a paper pulp, which is then transformed into sheets of cotton paper. Products featuring our mudcloth patterns have been screen-printed by hand. This cotton paper is used to make stunning paper products; the final product is functional and beautiful. The artisans are preserving generations of a cultural technique; if this technique weren’t practiced by artisans like those at Craft Boat, it faces the risk of being replaced by mill paper. We are proud to work with artisans at Craft Boat as they create these gorgeous recycled and paper-based products.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ARTISAN
Based out of Jaipur, India, Craft Boat is a social enterprise working with talented artisans who repurpose cotton T-shirts into beautiful paper-based products while following innovative eco-friendly practices. These fair trade goods include gift tags, gift boxes, and stationery sets. The name “Craft Boat” itself stems from two factors — the artisans practice a traditional papermaking craft, and the paper boat making process is one of the first crafts many of them learn as kids.