This design originates in 18th Century France, and designs like this were called Papier Dominote. France was an active producer of these patterned papers, which were used as end sheets in books, coverings for books, and wallpaper. Papers like this would be printed one at a time on a hand press on hand carved wooden blocks. The Block would have been inked with a thin paste-based ink, the paper laid on top, and the pressure applied would be from a barren or a muller. Our block printed papers use archival oil-based inks, and are placed in a press. Essentially the process is the same, with a few alterations. They are printed by hand in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
We use Khadi Papers for our block printed designs. Khadi paper, produced in India, employs many men and women from local villages. They maintain an organic farm which is irrigated from run-off water from the paper mill. Their cotton rag is produced from T-shirt cuttings. The company also supports WaterAid projects in India and Nepal.
The pages in this notebook are sourced from French Paper Company, a family run company in Niles, Michigan. They are a pioneer in recycled paper production, and their mill is powered by fully renewable hydroelectric generators installed in 1922 (saving over one million barrels of fossil fuel to date). They make their green energy on-site, and produce surplus energy for use by the local community. French paper has the smallest carbon footprint in the industry.
Labels are hand-stamped in house.
8.25"x5.25" (A5 size)
48 pages, 70# text