Vegetable-tanned and hand-embossed leather. Paper made from cotton pulp and elephant and rhino dung.
Country of origin: India
There is still something so rewarding about handling and owning a well-made journal.
Leather bound journals: These fair trade products sustain jobs for people throughout India who have been handcrafting artisanal goods for generations. Partnerships with women’s groups, minorities, people with special needs, urban slums and isolated rural communities, empower artisans through dignified, sustainable employment. Leather craft is done In a vegetarian region called Rajasthan, where cows are revered and live well. After they pass from old age, their hides are tanned using a vegetable tanning method. Artisans use handtools to stitch, emboss and embroider the leather. Paper is made from cotton scraps collected from the textile industry, broken down into fibers using a traditional wheel press, and soaked overnight. The pulp is strained, pressed into pages and hung to dry. The entire process is tree-free, non-toxic, and conserves and filters water for irrigations use.
Elrhino: In the remote, forest regions of northeast India, poachers kill elephants and rhinos for their ivory and horns, threatening the survival of these critically-endangered animals. Based in Assam, Elrhino Paper provides a way for indigenous people to make a living from the poo of elephants and rhinos by making high quality, handcrafted paper from dung and recyclable forest waste. With preservation of habitat and elimination of poaching, the Indian rhinosceros may have a chance for survival in part because of its poo.
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