How To Start : The Handmade paper Industy has become more popular because of its eco-friendly nature and has a significant impact for growing forest and preserving the greenery. The water and air pollution is also negligible. The export of handmade paper is increased in multiples with the growing awareness in developed and developing countries. In recent years handful number of handmade paper manufacturer become cent percente export oriented unts. These units are exporting handmade paper & its products to several countries. The demand of handmade paper is increasing day by day in domestic as well as in international market. Several varieties of Banana are cultivated in the country. The plants are cut down as soon as fruits are harvested for extraction of fibre. Banana fibre has great potentialities for paper making because of its high alpha-cellulose and low lignin content.
Process of Manufacture: (a) The extracted banana fibre cooked with mild alkali and washed. (b) Cooked and washed fibre converted into pulp with help of mechanized beater. ( c ) A sheet of pulp is formed over mould by hand then wet paper sheet couched onto a cloth which acts as a interleaf separating the wet sheets. (d) A pile of the wet sheets then pressed and exesses water is removed from the wet sheets. (e) The pressed sheets are peeled and separated from the cloth and loft dried on Taosuki or natural drying. (f) The dried sheets are calendared for smoothness and then cut into a required
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