Puli’s paper industry traces its origin to the period of Japanese occupation. Puli’s unique climate and exceptional water quality made it an ideal place for paper manufacturing. At its peak, Puli’s handmade paper industry had over fifty mills. Now, only six remain. Upon arriving at the Guangxing Paper Mill [廣興紙寮] we were given a tour of the facilities and a thorough explanation on paper-making. Once the tour was completed we took part in a small DIY-project.
Our guide shows us how to mix the pulp before placing it on a sifter:
After placing some pulp on the sifter, we had a small bag of flowers and leaves to arrange on the paper:
Everyone’s paper was placed in this vise to squeeze out all the excess water:
Once the excess water was all out our paper was paced here for drying:
Searching for the perfect template to print onto the paper:
Guangxing Paper Mill website [Chinese]