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Black Ink Amate Papers

Handmade by the Otomi Indian artisans of Mexico, the culture of amate paper dates back to pre-Columbian Meso-American times, when Mayan and Aztec Indians painted on it to create codices (accordion-folded books) depicting stories, historical events, and even astrology.

The Otomi people still use amate paper today for creating cutout figures for religious ceremonies, while other village artisans use it for Mexican folk art depicting colorful urban scenes, festivals, and celebrations.

This acid-free, 150 gsm paper is a wonderful choice for a variety of fine art applications, including acrylic and gouache painting, ink and pastel drawings, crafts, invitations, cards, decoration, block printing, bookmaking, bookbinding, and other papercrafts.

Since amate paper is handmade from natural tree bark, each sheet is unique and varies in shade, color, weight, and pattern. The size of each sheet (approximately 15½" × 23½") also may vary due to the deckle edges and the vagaries of the drying process.

The solid, non-woven sheets in the amate range are laser-printable and inkjet-printable.

Minimum Order — If our price on a paper is $6.99 or less, a minimum order of 10 sheets of paper is required. Your selection may be assorted to meet this requirement. If our price is $7.00 or more, papers may be ordered per sheet.

Black Ink is a trademark of Graphic Products Corporation.

Amate Bark Paper, Brown
Amate Bark Paper, Brown
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Amate Bark Paper, Brown
Amate Bark Paper, Buckskin
Amate Bark Paper, Marble
Amate Lace Paper, Marble
Amate Weave Paper, Brown
Amate Weave Paper, Marble

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The word amate derives from "amatl," the Nahuatl word for paper. The paper is created from the bark of the amate "wild fig tree" (xalama), the nettle tree (jonote), and the mulberry tree (moral), each possessing a different tone of color, ranging from coffee browns to silvery whites.

The pulp from these barks is often combined to produce a swirling marble effect. To accomplish this, artisans first wash the bark, and then boil it in a solution of lime juice for several hours. Then they lay the strips on a wooden board, beat them until they fuse together to form the desired texture, and then dry the strips in the sun.

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Item Description Color Size Weight     PricePrices, promotions, and availability may vary by store, catalog, and online. Qty  
12498-8000 Amate Bark Paper  Brown  15½" × 23½"  150 gsm      $5.99   
12498-8190 Amate Bark Paper  Buckskin  15½" × 23½"  150 gsm      $7.99   
12498-8200 Amate Bark Paper  Marble  15½" × 23½"  150 gsm      $6.99   
12498-8220 Amate Lace Paper  Marble  15½" × 23½"  150 gsm      $9.49   
12498-8010 Amate Weave Paper  Brown  15½" × 23½"  150 gsm      $6.99   
12498-8210 Amate Weave Paper  Marble  15½" × 23½"  150 gsm      $7.49   
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