Handmade Paper of Laos

Handmade Paper of Laos

Fine natural paper, made by hand, from the local saa or paper mulberry tree (broussonetia papyrifera), represents an unbroken tradition of papermaking, common across the South East Asian region, going back to over 700 years and possibly tracing its origin to the ancient art of papermaking in China. The paper mulberry tree is a small deciduous tree native to Asia, which grows easily in this region. It is the inner bark of this tree that is used for making paper, not the pith nor the wood.

Traditionally, this paper has been used for religious and ceremonial purposes on account of its lustre and incredible strength.

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