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Paper factory that made Constitution’s first copy

Papertells was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru on August 1, 1940 and has since been supplying handmade papers across India. 

pune Updated: Jul 18, 2017 15:10 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Officials at Papertells informed that scientist KB Joshi joined hands with the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, to introduce the method of paper making out of waste material. (HT PHOTO)

Papertells, earlier known as the Handmade Paper Institute, is India’s primary handmade paper factory based in Pune. It is located in Shivajinagar next to the Agriculture college.

Papertells was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru on August 1, 1940 and has since been supplying handmade papers across India.

Officials at Papertells informed that scientist KB Joshi joined hands with the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, to introduce the method of paper making out of waste material.

Siddharth Shrivastav, CEO at Papertells said, "The unique feature of Papertells is that the paper manufactured here is through green (eco-friendly) ways.

We do not use wood at all while manufacturing paper. The raw materials used include various types of cotton, jute, mill waste among other things. The manufacturing process implemented is also completely eco-friendly and does not pollute the environment in any way.

Shrivastav said that Papertells is the only manufacturer whose products have a shelf life of 100 to 500 years.

Speaking about the unique things available at Papertells, he said, "The paper for the first true copy of the Indian Constitution was manufactured by Papertells. Papertells also has the wedding cards of former Prime Minister Late Indira Gandhi and former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi."

Speaking about the other products available at Papertells, the officials said, "There are a range of products available at Papertells including files, bags, photo albums, pen stands, lamp shades, various decoration, lanterns, notebooks, among other things. All the items are manufactured from handmade paper."

They added that the files made at Papertells are made from cotton as the raw material." These files absorb the moisture from the air and can help preserve the documents for a longer time. Hence these files serve the purpose of maintaining documents better and are available at a competitive price. Also, we have recently come up with silk paper which is manufactured using raw silk waste. This is very unique. Papertells has 68 varieties of decorative paper," said the officials.

What: Papertells

Where: Shivajinagar, next to the Agriculture college

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 13:52 IST