Around 500 years ago, William Caxton first started printing books on his printing press. Until then, all books had been written by hand. On the other hand, the papers on which the books were printed continued to be made by hand until the 19th century. Then the first paper making machines were introduced in England, and the art of handmade paper started fading away.
Today, very few artisans continue to make paper the traditional way. To make handmade paper every sheet needs to be handcrafted individually. It takes several years of practice to master the skills and nuances of making paper by hand. Our craftsmen and craftswomen have been learning this skill for decades, with some practicing this art in their families for generations.
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