Indie Handmade Envelopes
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Handmade Paper | 100% Recycled Cotton Rag | Chemical Free
Paper made with wood pulp disintegrates when wet, however cotton rag paper dies not. Cotton paper is also superior in strength and durability to wood pulp paper and some cotton fibre has been known to last hundreds of years without much fading, discolouration or deterioration.
COTTON RAG FROM TEXTILE MILLS
The paper factory is purposefully located right in the heart of the textile production area in north-western India and employs paper makers from villages nearby to hand-make the paper. The cotton rag for the pulp is sourced from textile scraps which are collected from the nearby textile mills.
WHITEST OF WHITES
Our Indie Handmade Lily White colour has a whiteness rarely seen in handmade cotton paper and is dependent upon the quality of the rag and fibre used. The Lily White colour is created using quality white hosiery cotton used in making vests, Tshirts and singlets.
TURNING RAGS INTO PULP
The rags and fibre are added to a giant vat where sizing and water are added. It's chopped, beaten and mixed. Then it's lifted out of the vat with the help of a silk screen which is made in a frame the size of each individual sheet. Each envelope has a hand torn edge which has been custom-made in sizes to match our range of metric envelopes. The thickness of the paper is determined by the quantity of the pulp that remains on the screen and the screen is made according to the gsm. That said, some sheets might be heavier or slightly thicker than others.
SQUEEZE & DRY
Once lifted, the paper sheet is then put into a press so all the excess water can be squeezed out. The sheets are then separated and hung out to dry before being handmade into envelopes, packed and shipped.
NATURAL HAND TORN EDGE
We choose for Indie Handmade to maintain its natural hand torn edge, rather than trimming a perfectly straight edge. This look adds to the uniqueness of each individual hand-made envelope. Due to the handmade nature of the envelope, size is approximate.
Your envelope is hand-made and as such, comes with many idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies. Before tackling any sort of printing, gently work the paper to correct any natural bend in the sheets.
HOME OR OFFICE LASER PRINTING
All printers are different, however it is unlikely your home laser printer can print onto Indie Handmade due to the gsm or thickness and texture of the paper. But you can only try!
HOME INKJET PRINTING
Due to the way an inkjet printer gets the ink onto a sheet, you can usually get amazing results. It depends on the ink the machine itself uses as to whether some may bleed more than others. Always use the highest quality setting and always test!