Paper Made from Durian Husks.

Topics: Cooking, Cellulose, Liquid Pages: 1 (324 words) Published: August 27, 2012
Durian husk is also used as a material in making hand made paper. You can make artistic paper which has particular patterns when you make it out of durian husk pulp.

To make paper from durian husks:

Chop some durian husks into small pieces.
Put them into a cooking pan or drum (depends on how much husk you cook), add water to the pan until all husks are soaked. Cooked the husks for about 1 to 1.5 hours to soften them. Let them cool down to room temperature. Put them in the blender to crush the husk fiber into pulp.

Move durian husk pulp to a square plastic container, add some water if you think it's too thick and mix evenly. I usually also add some PVC glue to make the paper stronger. Using a pair of mold and deckle, catch the pulp by immersing them down into the pulp liquid then lift them up slowly. Let water flow back from the mold to the pulp for some seconds. lay a sponge on a flat surface and cover it with a wet cotton fabric. Put the mold with pulp layer onto the wet fabric with up side down position (the pulp layer touches the wet fabric). Press a little then gently lift the mold. The pulp layer should stay on the wet fabric and put another layer of wet cotton fabric on its surface. To squeeze water in the wet pulp layer, you can use a wood board in the same size of the mold then put a weight something like a brick to press the board. After all water is absorbed/squeezed from the pulp sheet, remove the wood board and the cotton fabric. Leave the wet sheet in open space to make it totally dry and becomes paper. Creative hands can change durian paper into a lot of artistic products like various functional boxes, block notes, ornaments, and many more.
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