Enriching lives through art and craft

14th Century Papermaking in the 21st Century

October 23 - 28, 2022

Radha Pandey  ·  radhapandey.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn the Indo-Islamicate tradition of making paper by hand as practiced in the 14th century in India, adapted to techniques and processes afforded by the 21st Century.


  • Indo-Islamicate papermaking
  • Basics of screen making
  • Fiber preparation and dye and mordant preparation using natural materials
  • Burnishing, sizing, and making lake pigments


  • Hemp, abaca, cotton, marigold, logwood, and brazilwood
  • Kitchen scraps that yield color
  • Mordants and fixatives like alum, iron, soda ash and calcium hydroxide


  • Knowledge of how to make paper in the Indo-Islamicate style
  • Knowledge of how to prepare and use one’s own dye on paper and pulp
  • How to set up a papermaking studio
  • How to process plant material for papermaking

Artist Bio

Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer and is co-owner of the Halden Bookworks studio in Halden, Norway. She lives between India and Norway and earned her MFA in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She practices European, East Asian, and Indo-Islamic papermaking techniques and teaches classes in India, Europe, and the U.S. She has lectured and taught workshops at Princeton University, Harvard Art Museums, at Leksands Folkhögskola in Sweden, and at the Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades in Spain. Her artists books are held in over 80 collections internationally, including the Library of Congress and Yale University.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Radha Pandey
  • Radha Pandey
  • Radha Pandey
  • Radha Pandey

Workshop Description

In this workshop students will discover the materials, tools, and knowledge that were used to make Indo-Islamicate papermaking that has remained largely unchanged since the 14th century CE in India which is essentially the link between the East Asian and European papermaking traditions. You will learn about how these techniques evolved over time, and how they can be further adapted to our present-day technologies. Participants will understand how traditional fibers like hemp were prepared for papermaking, and how equipment was made using readily available materials. Students will focus on sheet formation and preparation of materials and dyeing of paper in its pulp and finished forms. Finished papers will be dyed further, sized, and burnished by hand to a high shine. You will leave class with a stack of beautifully dyed pliable sheets of handmade paper and the knowledge to make more. No prior papermaking experience is necessary. Open to all skill levels.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.

Workshop Is Full


Donation to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

How much would you like to donate?
$50 $100 $250 $0 $0
Would you like to make regular donations? I would like to make donation(s)
How many times would you like this to recur? (including this payment) *
First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Current Mailing Address
Additional Note
A current mailing address is required to receive an acknowledgement/tax receipt.