The sheets of paper that I use are all handmade by Hussan Khagzi of Sanganeer, Rajasthan. Hasan is only craftsman in India who continues to produce paper in this time-honored Samarkand tradition. The method having originated in central Asia and later brought to India during the Mughul period. The name ‘Khagzi’ means paper maker in Afghanistan. The preparation is akin to Japanese paper making in which individual sheets of paper are ‘lifted’ with a bamboo stretcher from a vat of pulp. The pulp is made from Hemp fiber known as Sun hemp (bleached) and is mixed with alum and gum Arabic. The sheet is then air-dried on a flat surface giving a hot press watercolour paper that is then coat with starch and burnished with a camel bone agate.


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