arsenic-treated traditional papers available?
buescher at HUM.KU.DK
Sun Jul 17 07:29:33 UTC 2005
as regards the production of such yellow
(as well as blue-black) types of paper -- often the
paper is actually treated only on one side -- one
should not forget Nepal.
(We have got quite a few of such MSS in the
Royal Library of Copenhagen). And with regard to
the traditional production of paper in Nepal there
exists an excellent study:
Ancient paper of Nepal : Results of ethnotechnological
field work on its manufacture, uses and history - with
technical analyses of bast, paper and manuscripts.
(Jysk Arkæologisk Selskabs skrifter ; 10)
(A search in e.g. the Virtual Karlsruhe library may
show you where the book is available)
According to Trier's descriptions the traditional production
of paper proceeded somewhere in the forests close to
where the raw materials were at hand. Hence, if this is
still the case, fresh samples might only be available on
the market places of some Nepalese towns.
Does anyone know if the yellow papers traditionally used in Bengal,
Assam, and Tibet against insects are still produced, and if so, how to
contact the firms? Our Conservation department is interested in
studying the ones in our manuscripts, and I'd like to get some fresh
I will of course consult the several recent books on traditional South
Asian papers, and the magazines on the subject.
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