What is Khadi Paper?
Many people have asked what our internal packaging is made from. When the answer is Khadi paper - the immediate response is 'what is that?!' So here it is...the low down on Khadi paper!
Khadi paper is traditionally made in India, and is made from 100% cotton rag. The cotton rag often comes from t-shirt cuttings, which is a reliable source of pure woven cotton. Cotton rags have longer fibres than linters which are the short fluffy fibres of the cotton seed often used in paper making.
The rags are pulped in a Hollander beater, and then poured onto a paper mould which is a hand held wooden frame with a stainless steel wire mesh draining surface.
The sheet is formed on the mould in a vat of water. On top of the mould is a removable frame called a deckle which holds the pulp in place. The mould is lifted from the vat and the sheet is laid or couched onto a woollen felt. Another felt is placed on top and the process is repeated. When a pile of sheets interleaved with felts has been made they are pressed in a hydraulic press to remove excess water.
This is what gives the paper it's rough surface and texture.
Here at Yemaya we buy in the handmade paper and then dye it ourselves ready to use in our wooden boxes.....we totally love it and hope you do too!