Cotton paper (India)
Cotton paper has been produced since the very beginnings of human history. It has always been primarily produced in India, since the introduction of paper-making techniques by the Chinese to this sub-continent.
Cotton paper is made from recycled cotton: usually waste from the clothing and paper industries. Only for the production of pure white paper sheets, new cotton is used. Cotton rags are shipped to India from around the world, especially for the production of this paper.
Cotton rags are sorted by hand, according to their colour and cut into equal-sized pieces. These are subsequently soaked in large water tanks and beaten to achieve a suspension of cotton fibres. Coloured papers are dyed in the beater. Additional fibres of flower petals can also be added at this stage. The fibres are poured onto wire-mesh frames, pressed and left to dry.