Handmade Paper art was discovered in Rajasthan during the reign of the Mughals who established a paper industry here in the 1520s. The Maharaja Jai Singh II brought this art to Jaipur, and set up a paper business in Sanganer on the outer corners of the city. Synonymous with handmade paper, today the town of Sanganer is known for its handmade paper, and is the warehouse of the handmade paper in India.
The entire process starts from reducing the cotton waste to pulp, which is then transferred into large tanks with flower petals and other things. Thereafter, trays filled with fine mesh are submerged into water to take bring out the pulp from the tank’s bottom. After the pulp is taken out from the tank it is generally covered in muslin cloth. The sheet of pulp is formed into a pile, which is then pressed to take out the extra water left. The sheets left after all this process are peeled off and left to dry, which finally gives handmade paper. The final product is then embellished and crafted with various accessories.
Handmade paper is used to make a variety of products including diaries, Stationary set, wrapping papers, Photo frame, Letterheads, Business cards, Envelops, Office Folder Pen Stand, and Photo frame. Moreover, things such as Magazine stand, Paper weight, Dustbins, Briefcase, Handmade greeting cards, Telephone Index cum Diary, pencil boxes, sheets of paper and gift boxes. Moreover, handmade paper is also used to make shopping bags and other useful items.