Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Chopping rags for cotton paper
At the paper-making museum…
Claudia: The best paper is made of 100% cotton. Rags are collected and put in vats. Water turns the wheel and the camshaft raises the hammers. Then the hammers drop beating the rags to pulp.
Ariana: The noise.
Claudia: Yes. The hammers have nails in their heads. It helps chop the rags. Amazing what they did with a wooden machine driven by water.
Water turned the wheel. Water helped make pulp. Later, water was turned to steam to dry the paper.
Older methods of paper-making like producing archive-quality cotton-based paper contrast with ecologically sympathetic hydro-electrically mass-produced paper. Fabriano: a UNESCO Creative City.