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North India: Gallery 26


TARA Paper-Making Project
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    April 18: Day 10
    We left Alipura Palace at 10:30 and had to go back the way we came through that traffic jam, but it was clear sailing this time. 

    Along the way we stopped at a TARA project -- a paper-making project for tribal women. They demonstrated how rags and old paper were bleached, shredded through a special machine into fairly small pieces, added to an alum bath, beaten in a drum-like machine for about seven hours into pulp, then strained on screens. It was fun to watch the women in production line. One would scoop the pulp into a screen, then bang onto a muslin cloth where two women put a board on top, sat on it to press out the water. A man then lifted this onto a pile to be pressed further in a mechanical press. The women were quite happy to pose for pictures. There were several more steps to the finished product - trimming, cutting, packaging, stamping, and some printing. The excess trim was recycled to make "souvenirs" - lanterns, journals, etc. which were offered for sale in a small gift shop at the exit.


    Tara Paper is a recycled handmade paper and paper products unit and follows the ideology of "waste to wealth" and integrates this in every process, product and practice. It was set up in 1996 in Orchha under the sustainable livelihood program for Sahariya Tribal women in Central India

    TARA paper is particularly special. It is not only made of recycled and waste materials: it is crafted by the careful hands of highly skilled villagers, most of whom were impoverished women. It creates jobs and incomes while saving the environment. One tonne of TARA paper saves 3 tonnes of wood and 100 cubic metres of water and creates Rs. 40,000 in wages.

    Handmade paper is used for making of writing paper, envelopes, wrapping paper, boxes, paper to paint on, and making of paper products (boxes, chit pads, photo frames, lamp shades etc.) 

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GALLERY 26
TARA PAPER FACTORY | ORCHHA RESORT | COOKING

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