This acid-free, 150gsm paper is a wonderful choice for a variety of fine art applications, including acrylic and gouache painting, ink and pastel drawings, crafts, invitations, cards, decoration, block printing, bookmaking, bookbinding, lampshades and other papercrafts.
The depth of visual texture and color is exceptional and can give the look of stone, parchment or leather.
Since amate paper is handmade from natural tree bark, each sheet is unique and varies in shade, color, weight, and pattern. The size of each sheet also may vary due to the deckle edges and the vagaries of the drying process. One side of this paper is more textured than the other due to the drying process.
Sheet Size: 16" x 24", 24" x 32" and on special request 48" x 96", please inquire.
Handmade by the Otomi Indian artisans of Mexico, the culture of amate paper dates back to pre-Columbizzan Meso-American times, when Mayan and Aztec Indians painted on it to create codices (accordion-folded books) depicting stories, historical events, and even astrology.
The Otomi people still use amate paper today for creating cutout figures for religious ceremonies, while other village artisans use it for Mexican folk art depicting colorful urban scenes, festivals, and celebrations.