Village 2b sm | Wu Wei: “Nothing doing” is the future of Chinese papercutting

The revival of bamboo papermaking was necessitated
by a need of a supply as opposed to an interest
in cultural heritage preservation. Subsequently
the process was partially mechanised. The introduction
of ‘Naginata’ style Hollanders cut the soaking of bamboo
in lime down from three months to one. It also
removed some of the processes documented by
Song Yingxing in the seventeenth century (top). Reproduced
from 明•宋應星, “天工開物,” Internet Archive, 17 April, 2010,
accessed 27 February, 2020,

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