The Sa tree grows in the mountainous regions of Loas and has been used traditionally to make good quality, durable paper. There are several Sa paper makers working from their homes in the villages of Laos.

The bark of the Sa tree is soaked and boiled in water until the fibers break apart. The fiber is then mixed in clean water and floated onto a deckle and mould. The wet paper is decorated with leaves, flowers and petals before setting in the sun to dry.

The traditional skills of paper making have been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years and provides vital income for the families.

This video was shot in Luang Prabang, Laos. 2011


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