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Paper Mache (Papier mache)

The traditional method of making Paper Mache (Papier mache) starts with waste paper which is soaked in water for several days until it disintegrates. The excess water is drained and the soaked waste paper, cloth, rice straw and copper soleplate are mixed to form a pulp. This mixture is placed in a mold and left to dry for two to three more days. On the drying of pulp, the shape is cut away from the mold in two halves and then glued again. The surface is coated with the layer of glue and gypsum, rubbed smooth with a stone or baked piece of clay and pasted with layers of tissue paper. A base color is painted on, and a design is added free hand .The object is then sandpapered or burnished and is finally painted with several coats of lacquer.

Paper Mache (Papier mache) is a delicate decorative art. This art of Papier-mâché was born in Persia, a land known for bringing such rich culture and heritage to the world.

The ingenious Paper Mache artisans of the State of Jammu & Kashmir, India transform a variety of utility articles into rare art pieces. The creation of a Paper Mache object can be divided into two distinct categories, the sakhtsazi (making the object) and the naqashi (painting the surface). The final product is a beautiful art work that cannot be called a creation of one artist. It travels many pairs of talented hands before reaching a table or a mantel. Above all other talents, the aesthetic sensibility and hereditary skills are most essential in these craftsmen.

Passed down from generation to generation, son taking the place of his father and father taking place of his father this art has been handed down from family to family. Kashmiri craftsman have tried to maintain the culture of Paper Mache and to this day it is still being made by hand in these small home shops where families gather together and work on it and bring these beautiful creations to the world. But with the age of technology and fast paced economies, the art of Paper Mache has shown signs of decline. The new generation of people are as worldly and knowledgably as the rest of their peers and have not shown the inclination to preserve this art. However, as with anything else there is new awareness among the people that his art needs to be preserved and brought out to the world to see and admire. We at Komoli are working with paper mache artisans in the State of Jammu & Kashmir and have been trying to explore new market and business ideas for them.

Paper Mache (Papier mache)

Christmas Ornament - Desert Safari Aqua - Hand Painted Paper Mache Holiday Decoration Ball
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Planets paper mache ball bauble hand painted Christmas Ornament
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Assorted Hand Painted Paper Mache Easter Eggs - Beautiful Custom Made Designs
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Beautiful Birds on Tree - Hand Painted Decorative Wooden Easter Theme Eggs - Customized Colors
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Birds on Tree - Hand Painted Decorative Wooden Glittering Easter Theme Eggs - Customized Colors
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Building On Street Bauble - Animated Hand Painted Paper Mache Holiday Decoration Ball
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Christmas Bauble Ball - Red Reindeer Paper Mache Hand Painted Christmas Ornament
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Easter Chicken - Cute and Beautiful Decorative - Handmade Hand Painted Paper Mache
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Fashion and Shopping Girls - Hand Painted White Wooden Decorative Easter Egg
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Glittered Hand Painted Red Floral Pattern of Wooden Decorative Easter Egg
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Green Bushes Abstract Green Leaves Hand Painted Paper Mache Ball Bauble
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Hand Painted Colorful Chinar Pattern on Multi-Color Decorative Wooden Easter Egg
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Holiday Decoration - Earth theme paper mache ball bauble hand painted Christmas ornament
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Igloos Home - Egg Shapped Paper Mache Hanpainted - Gifting Box
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Matryoshka Nesting Dolls Set - Hand Painted Paper Mache Artwork - Set of 5 Dolls
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Multi-Color Floral Pattern of Hand Painted Wooden Easter Decorative Eggs
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My Basket Full of Assorted Paper Mache Hand Painted Bells - Custom Made Hand Painted Paper Mache Bells
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Perfect Stroke - Painting of Horse on Small Wooden - Hand Painted Box
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Red Bird Paper Mache Christmas Bauble - Hand Painted Christmas Ornament
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Shopping Girls Hand Painted White Easter Egg - Wooden Decorative Easter Eggs
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Special Wedding Favor Hand Painted Paper Mache Boxes - Beautiful Custom Made Designs
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Speechless Nesting Dolls Set - Hand Painted Paper Mache Artwork - Set Of 4 Dolls
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Twin Blue Birds On White Paper Mache Ball Bauble Hand Painted Christmas Ornament
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Beauty of Black - A Fascinating Hand Painted Easter Egg Box - Eco-friendly Paper Mache
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