Leiyang, Hunan: Cailun's hometown paper maker
release date: Source: Chinese paper industry views: 1987 copyright and disclaimer
core tips: [mostly abandoned Chinese Packaging News] "Cailun, with the word Jing Zhong, is also from Guiyang. Since ancient times, bamboo slips have been compiled in the deeds, and those who use silk are called paper. Bamboo slips are expensive and simple, which is not convenient for people. Lun is a creation, using trees
[China Packaging News] "Cailun, with the word Jing Zhong, is also from Guiyang. Since ancient times, bamboo slips have been mostly woven into deeds, and those who use silk are called paper. The silk is expensive and simple, which is not convenient for people. Lun is by design, and uses tree skin, hemp head, cloth and fish as paper. It was played in the first year of the Yuan Dynasty. The emperor is good at his ability, so he can't help using it, so the world is called 'Caihou paper'."
-- after the Han Dynasty, biography of Cailun, and recently acquired Austrian company mold matic and Dutch Bosch sprang
Cangjie made characters. Cailun papermaking, one north and one south, is like a Twin Star echoing each other, recording and carrying the 5000 year long Chinese civilization. Although Cangjie's handwriting is not traceable, let's take a look at the three systems of the tensile testing machine under CAI. Lun's hometown, Leiyang City, Hengyang City, Hunan Province, is continuing to write the legend of "Caihou paper"
go back along the Leishui River to the upstream, and the river slowly flows out of the embrace of Cailun bamboo sea. Cailun's sculpture stands quietly, the scroll of Li Daoyuan's "notes to the water classic" stretches, and Xu Xiake's travel notes narrate eloquently. As the foundation of Cai Lun's teaching of papermaking, Cai Lun's Bamboo Sea has attracted celebrities, and has become a scenic spot carrying a thousand years of history
"since I was a child, my elders have told me that Cai Lun is from Leiyang and he invented papermaking." Close to the bamboo sea, there is a village called "Pavilion". Although the population is small, it has the meaning of "small hidden in the wild". Villagers living here received family history education in their childhood, which was largely similar
at 8 a.m., Liu junyang, 57, came to his ancient papermaking workshop to show tourists the manufacturing process of "Caihou paper". Working hours are close to "nine to five". Different crafts are displayed on weekdays and weekends. Liu junyang seems to live a "white-collar life"
it takes more than 4 months to make a piece of "Caihou paper" by cutting tender bamboo in the mountains in the spring, retting and washing the material in the workshop, tamping and grooving the material, and finally copying, dividing and drying the paper
"just retting the material, you have to soak the bamboo in lime water for 3 months. When washing the material, you have to soak it in clear water for another month." According to the ancient method, the process is so complicated that Liu junyang has been doing it for more than 40 years
it takes a long time, and Liu Jun and Yang Hua have a lot of strength. Cutting bamboo on the mountain, tamping with a wooden stick nearly two meters long and pressing paper with wood and other heavy objects, it really can't be done without a handful of strength
"I learned papermaking from my elders when I was young. It took me three years to make the first piece of paper." In addition to his busy work, Liu junyang introduced that papermaking is the most difficult of many papermaking processes. Pour the pulp into the paper tank with clean water, and the pulp is suspended in it. Shake the screen frame into the pulp pool, shake your hands, and uncover the paper frame. A prototype of "Caihou paper" was born
"Caihou paper" is different from ordinary white paper. It is flat and transparent, and its color is yellowish, showing the natural color of the raw material. Careful inspection shows that the fiber traces of bamboo are hidden in the paper. In the past 2000 years, calligraphy lovers will come to Liu junyang to buy paper, but the price can't go up, but 30 yuan per kilogram
"where there is water flow, there is a paper mill." Liu junyang recalled that when he was young, almost every household in the village could make paper, and there were more than 100 paper mills in this bamboo sea. This ancient papermaking workshop for tourists was a papermaking workshop inherited by Liu Jun and Yang family for four generations many years ago
the change began more than a decade ago. Due to the prevalence of mechanized papermaking, the time-consuming and labor-intensive Ancient Papermaking gradually faded out of the market, and the chimneys of the village's papermaking workshop also quieted down. In 2008, Liu junyang had to go out to work because of his livelihood
with the development of Leiyang tourism, the historical and cultural values of Cailun Bamboo Sea have been explored, and ancient papermaking has been mentioned again. In 2012, Liu junyang returned to his hometown and continued to use the ancient method of papermaking
"this is a craft left by our ancestors, but it can't be lost in our hands." Although there is no need to worry about making a living, Liu junyang, who is nearly 60, has new concerns. "Although both my sons can make paper, neither of them is in this industry. I'm getting older now, and I hope someone can inherit this craft."
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