An Artist, Shilpa Puri converts vegetable and fruit peels into paper
Attend this workshop and learn the techniques of creating handmade paper from organic material
After months of experimenting, Shilpa Puri has finally cracked the process of making handmade paper from vegetable and fruit peels. Puri, who is a trained kalamkari artist, referred to books on papermaking, and taught herself to prepare paper pulp with the right consistency. "The trick lies in how you heat organic waste to make the paste," she says. This weekend, Puri is conducting a workshop on papermaking for anybody interested in the craft.
Puri was more into conducting workshops on kalamkari painting and Madhubani painting before she taught herself papermaking. "I always wanted to make recycled paper, and I was aware of the processes involved in creating it," she adds. After a few failed attempts, she succeeded in her endeavour. "Preparing the pulp can really test your patience," she informs. During the workshop, Puri will demonstrate how to produce paper from onion peels, garlic peels, and also banana peels.
The process starts with cooking the organic waste. This can take anywhere between four to five hours. "You must add water to the mixture and cook it until it turns mushy. It takes several tries to figure out when the pulp is ready. I add some paper pulp into the mix to strengthen the material," shares Puri. The paper's texture varies according to the peel that is used. For instance, onion peels produce paper that is soft to the touch.