Nepalese Hatakami Paper

Prakrtika

Prakrtika is a soft but strong handmade paper. It uses a blend of two natural fibres native to Nepal. The shrubby strength of sethbarau (mulberry ~ kozo ~ also used in China and Japan) is combined with argeli (mistumata ~ a softer plant widely used for making papers in the Far East).

As with all handmade papers there is no grain direction. There are likley to be small impurities in every sheet ~ ranging from a flake of bark that has not been filtered out to a tiny clump of fibres that has clung together in spite of being swirled around in the deckle. Depending on the thickness of the paper it can have a translucency and slightly marbled effect ~ making it ideal for making lampshades.

Office papers are recgnized by their grammage ~ typically 80gsm or 100gsm. Eastern papers have a completely different feel and softness, and the comparable weights are about half tose of western papers.

The paper is acid free and reckoned to be of archival quality. It has been made for millenia ~ and is tyically made by specialists handing their knowledge down within family generations.


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