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Think twice next time you lick your finger before turning the page of your book!

November 19, 2016 lawson james 0 Comments

Think twice next time you lick your finger before turning the page of your book!
Qiliang village in northwest China's Shaanxi Province is famous for its traditional handmade paper. But retired headmaster Liu Xiaodong uses something a little less conventional - and uniquely Chinese - for his own parchment: panda dung.

Liu learnt the traditional technique of papermaking - which is one of the four great inventions of ancient China, alongside gunpowder, the compass and printing - but decided to replace the usual hemp with panda dung, bark and kiwi vines that are easily available in this area. Pandas, after all, eat almost exclusively bamboo, so their dung has plenty of fibres. The material gives the paper great quality and color and it also smells like bamboo, says Liu . He now wishes that more people will learn about the technique so that this intangible cultural heritage will be carried on.

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