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How Did A Quiet Rajasthan Village Become The World’s Largest Centre for Handmade Paper?

In this video, watch how the Kagzi community in Sanganer near Jaipur has created a rich centuries-old legacy with traditional handmade paper, and how it thrived even with the advent of modern machine-made papers.

It was Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II who, more than 500 years ago, introduced the art of papermaking to the tiny village of Sanganer near Jaipur.

Today, Sanganeri handmade paper is known countrywide for its quality, as well as unique designs and colours. Made with materials like bamboo, waste papers, wood, stumble, straw, banana trunk and cotton rag, the production process is strenuous, and one that requires utmost skill.

This community of paper makers, known as Kagazi, have stood the test of time, even with the advent of machine made papers in 1930. In fact, it was Gandhi who acted as a saviour for the community several years ago.

Even as profits remain low, the community takes pride in keeping this age-old tradition alive.

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Watch this video to see how rich history and legacy reside in each piece of paper:

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