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Re: Banana paper
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: Banana paper
- From: Kath <khamre@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 17:11:26 -0600
- Message-id: <199704032305.PAA23939@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi Debbie and other book lovers,
> My 80 yr. old mother just returned from trekking the rain forest
<snip> large sheets of banana paper <snip> very thick, stiff and grainy,
almost like finely ground and compressed hay. I imagine they must make a
finer banana paper.
> Has anyone heard of the paper that they are making from elephant dung, I
>believe in Africa? This particular paper industry, apparently has been a
>tremendous "boon" to the problem with what to do with the over-abundance of
>elephant dung in that country. I believe I am remembering these facts
>correctly. Hope this is of some interest!
I spent some time in Africa/South Africa in 1994/95. The only place I saw
elephant/rhino dung paper was in South Africa, and then I saw only a few
greeting cards made from it. I make handmade paper and I am quite sure that
what I saw was mixed with cotton, it could not be only elephant dung. I
have a card made from it that I bought there. I did not see any large
quantities of it being sold in any of the shops I went into, but I wasn't
able to find any art supply stores where I was traveling - mainly out in the
country. I would be interested if anyone knows about this too.
I an in the middle of doing an edition book bout my travels and some dung
paper would be a nice addition to the book.
Kathy in Saskatchewan, Canada