The invention of papers

The invention of paper

(Mansoor Ahmad, Pakistan)

Paper is an important means of transmitting civilization from one generation to another. This short sentence in Chinese was written at an ancient paper-making factory in Moiu County, Hotan Prefukkar, in the northwestern Uighur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, China. This factory is located in a Township of Moyo County. This Township of Moyo County is called "Po Cha Ka Chi" (pu qia ke qi) and has a special reputation in Paper Making. There is a street in this township where almost all the families are involved in the paper making industry. When I found out that we were going to visit a paper factory today, the first thing that came to my mind was a big and modern paper mill. Where hundreds of people will be associated with the company, big boilers will be installed, there will be hydraulic presses to grind raw paper pulp, noise of machines and white smoke rising from the furnaces will greet us. When our car is in front of a door. Ricky was apparently the door to a mansion-like house. We were greeted by locals. An introductory session was held at the doorway in which it was explained that since the time of the Tang Dynasty of China, paper has been made by hand from wood pulp in this area without the help of any machine. This art is more than a thousand years old. From generation to generation, the people of this region are passing it on to their future generations. The main reason for this was the decline in the demand for this paper in the market and the financial difficulties of the people associated with it. The Chinese government added the art to its list of intangible cultural heritage sites in 2006 to save it from extinction. In order to keep this art alive, the people associated with it were brought under the patronage of the government, and the "Paper Street" was introduced to pass this art on to future generations and to introduce it. Has gone Many young people are now happily learning it. Now I present to you some information regarding the preparation of this paper. This paper is made from the bark of the mulberry tree. There are a large number of mulberry trees in this area. According to the locals, the paper made with the help of mulberry bark or wood has a long lasting, strong and better ability to fight against insects. Therefore, paper has been made in this way since ancient times. Here we are also told that there are paintings in many historical places of China including the Palace Museum. They are made on the same paper. ۔ After the bark has softened, the outer bark layer is peeled off with a cutter or knife. The semi-white part of the bark is then boiled until soft. The boiled bark is dipped in cold water. Cold bark is cut on a stone slab with the help of a wooden hammer. This pruning process continues until it takes the form of boiled lap apaste. This paste-like pulp is put in a pot and left for two hours. According to experts, this process is like yeast. After about two hours, the pulp dissolves well in water and becomes a slightly thicker liquid than soup. Then comes the process of making paper from this pulp. This stage is also very interesting. It has different sized wooden frames. The size of the frame is according to the size of the paper. The paper maker floats the frame on a table in the shape of a pool of water. The wood pulp is then inserted into the frame. The fluid is driven into the frame with the help of wooden handles to spread it evenly throughout the frame. Which spreads the pulp evenly throughout the frame. The frame is then gently lifted. The water is filtered through the mesh and a thin smooth layer of pulp remains on the mesh. This mesh is left to dry. Depending on the temperature, the net dries completely in one to two hours. It can also be taught quickly by keeping it in a warm room. When completely dry, the finished paper is separated from the lattice frame. "I made it myself. The management of this paper factory gave it to me as a gift to take with me as a souvenir. Which, of course, made the video an overnight sensation. This Paper Street is helping to pass on an ancient art to new generations, as well as providing new employment opportunities in Township.

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Shabana - May 20, 2022, 7:11 AM - Add Reply

Very good article

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