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The art of papermaking

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Use of plastic has been increasing by the day, which in turn is affecting the environment. Though the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has banned the use of plastic bags less than 50 microns people continue to use these bags on regular basis.

Use of plastic has been increasing by the day, which in turn is affecting the environment. Though the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has banned the use of plastic bags less than 50 microns people continue to use these bags on regular basis. In order to protect the environment, 50-year-old K Annapurna from Rajendranagar, Hyderabad is making handmade paper bags, files, envelopes and other paper products which are reusable.

Speaking to The Hans India Annapurna shared that she started a unit of eco-friendly paper products at Rajendranagar in the year 2005. She was trained in papermaking products at Khadi Maha Vidyalaya and got a subsidy under the Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP) to start the unit. She said that the hand-made paper is made of cotton, agro-fibre (banana fibre) and jute. These paper bags are more compatible, reusable, and can carry 2-5 kg weight when compared to plastic bags. “I have products from the range of Rs 4 to Rs 2,000 and I earn around Rs 30,000 per month,” she said.

“Apart from these works I have given free training on how to make paper products to more than 500 girls in various schools and colleges so that they do not have to be depend on others and can be self-employed. Currently, there are more than 20 women working in my unit and I have given them free training. To learn this artwork, it takes nearly 20 days,” she added.

In order to expand her boundaries, in the year 2008, she started working in paper quilling and paper punch craft. Speaking about her experience on quilling she said, “In the beginning, I did not know anything about quilling art, I had got a quilling kit and through that, I started learning.

Today, I can make frames, greeting cards, envelopes using this skill. The frames range between Rs 200 to Rs 2,000 based on the design. Quilling material is cheap, but it takes a lot of effort to design something beautiful from quilling paper because of which the price is high.”It is not just the money that she makes but the sense of accomplishment that keeps Annapurna content and happy.

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