Soon part of the packaging for our jewels will be made in this village to support local crafts in the Luang Prabang area.

 

The main ingredient for making this particular type of paper is the bark of mulberry trees (known locally as “Saa”). The collected stalks are cut into sticks, soaked in water and steamed to extract the strips of the inner bark. Then, these strips are immersed in an alkaline solution before being beaten into a pulp with stone mortars and kneaded into pellets.

Subsequently, a pulp ball is dissolved within a wooden frame with a fine silk screen on one side called a deckle, which is placed in a pool of water. The worker gently turns the pulp to spread it evenly and then raises the blanket to drain the water, leaving a thin layer of ruffled fibers on the screen. This process is repeated until the paper layer reaches the desired thickness. The frame is then exposed to the sun to dry and, finally, the completed sheet of paper is removed from the frame.

 

The Saa card can be used to make business cards, postcards, photo albums, calendars, lampshades and books. This type of paper is thick and rough but very light and porous. The textured finish of the paper is distinguished by the disordered fiber that is confused with each other like cobwebs.