Wednesday, 25 April 2012

INDIAN MANGO PAPER


Mango paper is a slight variant of Chiri Paper and is handmade. Chiri papers are made with the help of long kozo fibers and mulberry barks. The same ingredients are used when making mango paper, but instead of mulberry barks, kozo fibers are included in a proportion of 60:40. These papers are made in abundance in Thailand and India, and are light in weight, semi transparent in nature and are very delicate. They are also available in a variety of colors, but are usually made in variations of yellow and green. The color of the paper depends on the variety of mango used. Usually the mango leaves are added as fragments and these leaves shine in light all over the paper. These papers have a level pH 6 which makes them slightly acidic.

Handmade Mango Paper
Mango paper is used to decorating crafts, collages, letterpress, book arts, etc. They are also great for printing invitations, gift wraps, lampshades, screens, table cloths and what not. The sweet smell and the taste of mango are retained is what makes them special.

Anyone can make Mango paper at home. All you need is a window frames, two picture frames, water, paper bits or kozo fibers, gelatin, and mango extract. Attach the first picture frame with the window frame with the help of a duct tape or staple gun all along the four sides and turn the screen upside down. Now place the second picture frame over the first frame. The size of the Paper will be the size of the second frame. Now, tear the paper into pieces and mix it with hot water and gelatin in a blender. Allow it soak for half an hour. Add mango pulp and mix it in a blender till it becomes a smooth paste. Now, pour the pulp into the second frame and make sure there are no holes and the pulp is evenly spread. Lift the frames to drain if there is any excess water through the screen. Remove the top frame and topple the pulp on to a paper towel and leave it to dry. After it dries up, your sweet smelling and tasting mango paper is ready for use.

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