Papier Mache means refers to a substance made from paper pulp that can be molded when wet and painted when dry. The waste paper is first converted into pulp by mixing it with copper sulphate and rice-flour paste and then its layers are pressed in a mould. After drying the desired article is obtained. Then on the mould of the article is painted and polished in bright colors. As the art flourished in Persia, a touch of Golden color is always found in the articles.
Many utility items can be chalked out by Papier Mache method. In India, Kashmiri craftsmen turned a variety of utility items into decorative pieces. Brass lining is provided to these items to improve their strength and scope for utility. Kashmiri houseboats and other such symbols of beautiful Kashmir valley are made to allure the visitors.
In Southern India, gigantic figures are made to portray everyday scenes of life. Dancing dolls are very commonly seen with the craftsmen. In Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), there is a toy-producing centre where whole lot is prepared by Papier Mache technique. Ujjain specializes in figures of deities.
You could see puppets made of Papier Mache throughout India. Because of cultural exchanges, there is a wide change in the decoratives in demand these days.
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