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Handpaper Amate from Mexico
Handpaper Amate from Mexico

"Amate" is a type of traditional paper that is handmade from the bark of the mulberry tree. The process of making amate paper has been practiced in Mesoamerica for over 2,000 years, and it is still produced by artisans in Mexico today.

To make amate paper, the bark of the mulberry tree is harvested and boiled with ashes and water. The resulting pulp is then spread onto a wooden frame and beaten with a stone until it becomes a thin, flat sheet. The sheets are then left to dry in the sun or in a heated room, and can be decorated with pigments or other natural materials.

Amate paper has a unique texture and appearance, with visible fibers and natural variations in color. It has been used for a variety of purposes, including as a writing surface for ancient Mesoamerican cultures, as a canvas for traditional art, and in modern times as a decorative paper for gift wrapping, invitations, and other crafts.

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