Over 600 years ago in the mountains of northeastern Burma the Karen Hill-Tribe people found a remarkable bark that naturally peeled from the trunk of this tall broad leafed tree at the end of every rainy season. So began the craft of making natural paper without destroying or cutting down the trees. The Karen villagers calles this "SA" tree or, in English; the "Mulberry tree". For the last hundred years Hill-Tribe paper makers have been practising their craft in the neighboring mountains of Northern Thailand. They still use natural dyes and lay their paper in the sun to dry. as did their ancestors centuries ago. We have assorted a large collection of unique and useful natural paper products made from this remarkable and renewable resource. This has also sprawled a thriving cottage industry. which helps save and not deplete these beatiful mountain trees. We hope you find these natural MULBERRY paper products as enjoyable to use as we do bringing them to you.
Papers made in Thailand are an exquisite addition to any portfolio. Papers originating in Thailand are known by many names, such as, mulberry paper, saa paper, rice paper and kozo paper. Thai papers are made using the bark of the mulberry tree, a rapidly growing tree common in Southeast Asia. The fibers of the mulberry bark are longer than traditional paper making pulp. This makes Thai Mulberry/Tonnam Papers stronger and more durable that most other papers while remaining extremely lightweight. The longer fibers also provide texture and dimension not found in other papers. When torn, Thai Mulberry Paper feathers leaving a nice deckled edge.
Most Thai papers are crafted by hand using traditional paper making techniques. Tonnam paper is available in a large
range of weights. Thai Unryu Paper is a lightweight, semi-translucent paper perfect for overlays and lamp shades. Heavy weight Mulberry Papers provide a stiff and textured base, often used by artists looking for a rough, unrefined look. Marbled Momi Papers include elegant marbling applied by hand for truly unique papers. There are even printable mulberry papers to use in wedding invitations, resumes and formal communications.
Tonnam Papers have become a standard of quality. Artists, crafters and designers find these imported papers a centerpiece of their portfolio. Don't wait! Once you use these papers, they will become your favorite imported paper.