The paper is made in South India with off-cuts from cotton T-shirts, which arrive in massive jute sacks from hosiery mills. As well as using recycled cotton, Khadi Papers are also made from recycled jute and from tropical crop residual fibres, banana leaf and sugar cane. None of these papers are made from wood pulp and there is no negative impact on India’s forest resources. The mill in India now directly employs over 50 men and women from local villages and indirectly provides work for bookbinders, printers, envelope makers and the carpenter, Irrappa, who makes the moulds and deckles.
Jeremy chooses from a selection of rag papers from India with Thom’s help