Living TRAVEL - JAPAN 1986
 
Traditional Paper Making - featuring the village of Kurotani
 


Kurotani
 

Kozo (Mulberry) stems with the leaves stripped off
 

Running through the village is the stream where the Kozo is soaked and stamped and dried
 

 

 

 

 

The Kozo is then boiled here -
 

- then macerated here -
 

- then the cellulose from the fibres and water are blended here in the Hollander Beater to form the paper pulp
 

Paper sheet is formed by moving the mould and decal equipment rhythmically in the vat of paper pulp
 

Lifting the decal containing the formed paper sheet
 

Laying the new sheet on to the pile of finished sheets
 

The stack of sheets are now compressed in a press to expel excess water
 

Finally each paper sheet is placed on a board to dry outside
 

Historic paper making equipment
 


Mallets for macerating the fibre on the stone block
 

Vats

Early Hollander beater
 

Cellulose tank with Mould and Decals and Press Board
 

Stack of paper sheets being pressed
  
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