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Making Paper

Just when you thought you might never hear from me again...

Well, it turns out I haven't completely abandoned my blog after all!

This morning, I took the kids on a field trip with a group of fellow home-schoolers to Paper Craft Uganda. It's located about thirty minutes outside of Kampala and, while it isn't much to look at, the little workshop is humming with activity and turns out beautiful handmade cards, photo albums, soaps, beaded jewelry made from recycled glass and more!

Arriving at Paper Craft

Arriving at Paper Craft

We spent a couple of hours there, touring the place and trying our hand at paper-making and paper craft production. Each student made six pieces of paper and also came home with a personalized, hand-made picture frame or card set. We were even given some time to shop! Check out these photos from our outing.

Banana tree fibres are snipped into small pieces...

Banana tree fibres are snipped into small pieces...


...and then allowed to cook slowly in a massive "saucepan" for a couple of days

...and then allowed to cook slowly in a massive "saucepan" for a couple of days


Paper pulp soaks in big buckets

Paper pulp soaks in big buckets


When it's time to make paper, the pulp is mixed with dye and water in these massive troughs

When it's time to make paper, the pulp is mixed with dye and water in these massive troughs

Each of the kids taking turns making their own sheets of paper. The only necessary materials are a screen (made of mosquito netting which I thought was pretty ingenious) and a frame which, together, are dipped into the murky water and then drained and set to dry.

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Dozens of wooden racks simplify the process of drying the paper

Dozens of wooden racks simplify the process of drying the paper

While the organization is called Paper Craft, they also produce soap and glass beads and everything is made on-site, from start to finish, using mostly recycle items and good, old-fashioned elbow grease.

Glass bottles are crushed into a powder and then poured into these moulds before being baked in the fire

Glass bottles are crushed into a powder and then poured into these moulds before being baked in the fire


A man places a mould into the fire

A man places a mould into the fire


The finished product

The finished product


The only unsustainable part of the entire operation as far as I could tell...firewood for fuel, and lots of it!

The only unsustainable part of the entire operation as far as I could tell...firewood for fuel, and lots of it!


Babies are welcome at the workplace

Babies are welcome at the workplace


A woman works to fill an order for 500 miniature bars of soap which are bound for a local guesthouse

A woman works to fill an order for 500 miniature bars of soap which are bound for a local guesthouse

Posted by BriteLite 12:09 Archived in Uganda

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cool. its very interesting how they make paper and im glad the kids got a chance to experience that. thanks for this blog.

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