INDIAN HANDMADE PAPER & PRODUCTS
CENTURY OVERSEAS IS MANUFACTURER AND EXPORTER OF ECO FRIENDLY COTTON RECYCLED HANDMADE PAPER AND GIFT PAPER PRODUCTS.
HANDMADE PAPER IS A LAYER OF ENTWINED FIBER HELD TOGETHER BY THE NATURAL INTERNAL BONDING PROPERTIES OF CELLULOSE FIBRES BY HAND, SHEET BY SHEET ON MOULDS IN SUSPENSION OF FIBRES IN WATER WITH OR WITHOUT SIZING.
History of paper dates back to the history of human culture and civilization. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans wrote on “Papyrus”, a paper – like material. Today’s kind of paper was first developed and used in China. Since its birth the paper was the most important carrier of information in the past. Growth of population and need to transfer the knowledge, education and information to the society at large were the forcing factors for stupendous increase in the production of paper. In former times paper was a valuable product and paper making an art – that was often kept secret because of the outstanding advantages of the product.
The handmade paper making in India goes as far back as to the 3rd century BC. Handmade paper making is a traditional art that has been practised by a particular class of people for generations together. This art has been passed on from one generation of craftsmen to another. These craftsmen are known as "Kagzi's". Their name is derived from the Urdu word 'kavas', which means paper. The size of this community has dwindled over the years. There is a small settlement of 'Kagzi's' in Sanganer near Jaipur, where a section of this community settled thousands of years ago.
In Sanganer the 'Kagzi' community is the primary owner of the handmade paper industry in the town. our history goes back to the 14th century when the ruler was Feroze Shah Tughlaq. Even in those days the royalty used handmade paper made by them for official documents, miniature paintings, calligraphy, and to make copies of the Holy Quran and to maintain account books. In the 16th century the then ruler of Amber, Raja Man Singh brought the Kagzis to Sanganer and settled them on the bank of the river Saraswati, where clean water was easily available. Thus the town emerged as one of the biggest paper producing centers in north India.