Paper and Papier Mache

Paper and Papier Mache
The term paper is derived from the Greek and Latin word for Papyrus. It is believed to be used for writing some 5000 year ago in Egypt. The art of paper making originated in Africa around 400 BC. The modern paper that we use is around 500 years old. Papier mache is believed to be as old as paper making. It is a construction material with paper and paper products along with glue as its core raw materials. Though paper mache is light in weight, it is sturdy. Other advantages are inexpensive, non-toxic, non-flammable and non-hazardous. Great detailed work can be done using paper mache resulting in high quality products. It is extensively used to make beautiful utility and gift items and therefore creates an opportunity for employment generation. The art of paper mache is practiced globally and is used in school projects, house decoration, making art prototypes, casting and reproducing items, making props for theatres and movies and making wild life and animals.

Traditional art of papier - mache has kept all the traditional designs alive with the latest designs. The hand made papers are available in many shades and designs. The designs have very beautiful...
Waste paper and clay mixed together produces a beautiful and ethnic looking pulp known as paper mache. Toys from paper mache are well made in Jaipur by the artists who craft animals and birds in an...
Sanjih is a ritualistic craft used in the worship of Lord Krishna. This craft involves the cutting of an intricate stencil depicting scenes from the life of Lord Krishna and the use of this paper...
Paper mache is one of the most beautiful handicrafts of Kashmir. The construction of paper mache products has two essential processes which involves making of the object and cleaning of forest pine...
In the previous time the handmade paper craft was mainly carried out by Muslims known as Kagzis or the paper makers. These craftsmen have their roots in Arabia and over the years they have migrated...
Papier mache is a highly evolved craft of Delhi producing decorative utility items like pen stands, paper weights, envelope boxes, and jewellery boxes. Made out of waste paper and clay, the big...
Carry bags, greeting card, file covers, folders, pen holders and many more items are made in colorful paper mashie art. These items are made in the traditional way and are catching up the market...
This craft is very well-known in Orissa and it is practiced very traditionally. The artists pick up waste papers of all sorts, waste cloth and many other items. Firstly all the waste products are...
Paper mache is an age old craft of India and every state has its own specialty. Patna, Murhu, Hazaribagh , Madhubani and Saraikella are the craft practicing centres in Bihar and Jharkhand. Craft...
Figures of gods and goddesses, toys, animals, birds and other decorative items are crafted with the combination of plaster of paris and paper machie.Artists decorate the figures with paints and other...
Artists at Gwalior craft attractive papier mache toys and at Ujjain artists make models of deities. The products made from papier mache include, birds, human figures animals, cartoons, idols of gods...
The artist of the Shantiniketan, Bolpur pioneered the papier mache craft and over the years there are a number of artisans who are practicing this art form. Most of them reside in and around Calcutta...