An introduction to our Factory
In the mid 1940s sadhaks of Sri Aurobindo Ashram prepared handmade paper on a very small scale from waste material as a creative and useful work. In 1959 larger-scale papermaking equipment was installed in a coconut garden, including a beater, lifting vats, and a calendaring machine. The coconut garden is the location of the factory today, in the heart of Pondicherry.
Locally sourced, white fine-cotton rag is the main raw material in our handmade paper. The rags are sorted by hand before being cut into finer pieces.
The rags enter our beaters and are turned into a pulp, ready to be made into paper. Measured amounts of pulp are hand-poured through the lifting machines to form individual sheets.
Each sheet is hand-lifted and set on a felt blanket to be drained and hung in our drying rooms at the top of our factory, amongst the coastal breeze.
Once dry, each sheet is placed in between stainless steel calendaring plates to be smoothened.
Dry, smooth, then cut, the paper is ready for one of many possiblities – marbling, screen printing, product manufacture, or sold as is.
Natural, handmade, and filled with the consciousness of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, our paper is distributed around the world. It has been the feature of museums, hotels, corporates, weddings, art, universities, and archival preservation.