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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.
Handling Charge — When ordering sheets of paper or board larger than 18” x 24” in quantities of less than 10, a $3.00 per order handling fee applies. Paper or boards may be assorted to reach the quantity of 10.
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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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The Amate paper is perfect!
from North Hollywood, CA
Comments about Black Ink Amate Papers:
The quality of the paper is excellent. I will use it for a Hispanic Heritage project on Mexico and I am looking forward to it!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Beautiful Handmade Paper
from Pittsburgh, PA
Great for teaching Amate Bark Painting - Mexican Folk Art, the origins of paper, how paper is made. Marker and paint show up beautifully.
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from Montpelier, Virginia
This handmade paper is so much better than the picture. I don't know yet what I will do with it, I got the basketweave and it is so lovely to look at that at present I can't bear to use it in anything. Time will lead the way.
from Makawao, HI
Using the paper to paint stylized bird designs. The swirls look like clouds. Cool!
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from San Antonio, TX
Thank you for making this hard-to-find product available, and at such a high level of authenticity. I enjoy painting on Mexican "amate" bark paper and leaving some of the natural surface to show through, and I haven't been able to find plain, unpainted bark paper anywhere else at any price.
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