Moist elephant dung

Moist elephant dung

Dung, the thing that makes us special. We treat it with care - washing, boiling and drying it thoroughly. The result - paper that has all its beautiful imperfection and none of its odour or bacteria

Boiling raw fibre

Boiling raw fibre

We boil all our raw fibre. This allows us to separate the fibre from the plant pulp, and leaves us with wonderful, strong material for your paper. The fire in this picture is lit with agri waste from neighbouring farm lands

Lifting pulp out of water

Lifting pulp out of water

This process of lifting the pulp out of water is an act of precision and skill. It determines the thickness and evenness of your paper sheets. These hands you see here are master craftsmen's hands - the makers of magic

Naturally dried paper

Naturally dried paper

Our paper sheets are hung to dry as long as it is possible. During the wet rainy months that are typical in Assam, we use a husk powered dryer to create heat without killing the environment

Leaves on paper

Leaves on paper

The title says it all. These leaves are nature's gift to us all. They leave us incredible chlorophyll patterns on paper that no man made motif can match. Nature is design genius at work

Paper sorting

Paper sorting

Every sheet of paper produced at Elrhino is checked individually. In this picture, Nilima is separating the sheets with great care because they are extraordinarily thin

Ahimsa silk on tree free paper

Ahimsa silk on tree free paper

Eri, and indegenous silk from Assam, is called 'Ahimsa' (non violent) silk because it does not involve killing the silkworm. Here, Neetu painstakingly spreads eri silk in a thin and intricate web on paper for lamps

Book binding

Book binding

We use various binding techniques on our books; the binding medium is, invariably, locally growing jute. Minakshi and Rekha have developed nimble fingers and are able to stitch a mean piece together with amazing precision

Bamboo pens drying in the sun

Bamboo pens drying in the sun

Bamboo is an incredibly strong, versatile grass. It has very many uses in Assam, ranging from being building material to perfect Elrhino pens

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