In San Pablito, Puebla, they still make paper the old-fashioned way – from bark (video)

by Lucida Grandé on September 21, 2018 in Cultura, Video


In San Pablito, a small village in Puebla, in southeast Mexico, the centuries-old tradition of amate paper — paper made from bark — is an important part of the local economy. It also used to part of the resistance to Spanish colonial rule.

Culture Trip explains:

The tiny Mexican village of San Pablito, found in the mountains of Puebla, has been making amate bark paper for centuries. When the Spanish banned the paper in Mexico because it was being used for magic and witchcraft, the remote town was one of the few places to preserve the traditional craft.

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