In the Vietnamese village of Ko Suo near Hanoi, the local population uses a technique from the XIII century, which is a specific form of art for paper making.
The paper up, which is produced here, says the bark ‘R h a m n o n e u r o n b a l a n s a e’, known for being extremely rich in cellulose. It is a bush from the family T h y m e l a e a c e a e, which can be found in the west of Vietnam and the Chinese province of Yunnan.
Therefore, production of paper up is not characteristic only for Suo K o, but several villages engaged in this art.
The bark of this tree to reveal the inhabitants of this village, soaked in lime water for about three months, until it softens enough to be separated from the pulp. It’s a secret that the ancestors of today’s masters have managed to raise a whole new level – instead of three months, it now takes 24 hours. Then the pulp is flat while its layers formed sheets of paper. For weeks now, they are dried under the sunlight, and the result is almost unbelievable: papers soft to the touch and enchanting look that fascinates all who ever touched.
Interestingly, it is resistant to moisture, termites are attracted considerably less than you’d expect, and the ink is not the mouth of the paper up. The most interesting thing is that, as far as is known, it can last at least eight hundred years.
Thanks to its longevity, this paper has an important role in the folk tradition and culture in V i e t n a m, especially in painting. Also, many secrets of the past have just written on paper Dó.