From waste to wealth: Kalpi’s paper industry

The trees breathe safe in Kalpi as hosiery (waste cloth material) is hunted down in nearby towns to be used in the making of the paper in the town’s famous paper industry.

The colorless raw material is left to dry.

Before ink is smeared on the papers

The secret chemical used in making these papers is invisible to the outsider’s eye.


The paper made in Kalpi travels as far as Delhi, where it is used to make wedding invitations.

Place: Kalpi, Uttar Pradesh

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