A visit to Bevagna’s La Cartiera to see hand papermaking.
Paper is made using various fibres including linen, hemp, and cotton. Lime is added to break down the fibres into a “mash” or pulp.
Pulp is transferred to a barrel and stirred to get a homogeneous mix.
Using a mold and deckle, a sheet of pulp is pulled from the barrel.
Sarah helps to tip off a sheet from the mold and deckle.
A felt absorbs the moisture.
Sheets hang to dry on a wooden peg system.
Sheets hang on bamboo rods to dry further.
Paper is flattened in a press before being brushed with gelatine to add size (for paint absorption without feathering).
The cobbled streets of Bevagna bustle with Saturday shoppers. I recommend the Nutella pastry and the pistachio cookies from the bakery. Oh, and the cashmere wraps from Badiali come in a rainbow of colours.
San Filippo church bells ring at noon as a couple exchange wedding vows. We were hoping for a glimpse of the newlyweds, but had to dash off to catch our shuttle.
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