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Mulberry Paper

What began as an extension of the initiative to promote paper mulberry tree growing as a supplementary income-generating effort among the villagers, mulberry paper production has become another part of job creation. As it requires little care and can regenerate branches harvested for the bark, this beneficial tree also helps preserve indigenous plant biodiversity in the area. The Doi Tung Development Project buys bark from the villagers. Local men boil, pound and dye the paper mulberry bark; women sift the paper mulberry bark onto locally-designed frames. They then dry and decorate the paper with unique designs. Value is then added to the paper by creating finished products for home décor, stationery, boxes, and gift-wrapping paper, among others.