HATAKAMI DIRECT: Mixed Pack - Bhari Heavyweight 25 Large Sheets & 50 sheets of Prakrtika  FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

HATAKAMI DIRECT: Mixed Pack - Bhari Heavyweight 25 Large Sheets & 50 sheets of Prakrtika FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

Regular price £180.00


HANDMADE PAPER FOR FINE ART - printmaking, drawing, calligraphy


25 large sheets of extra heavyweight handmade, natural white paper with FREE SHIPPING 

Bhari is thick; in the hand it feels like a 300gsm 140lb western equivalent paper although it is obviously lighter in terms of weight-feel.


Bhari; an extraordinary paper - the worlds thickest pure mitsumata paper.

It weighs in at 130gsm which for an asian sheet is as heavy as it gets especially considering that unlike other heavyweight papers from the East, this contains no wood pulp filler at all, just pure mitsumata.

This offer applies to customers in USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 


25 Large Sheets


720 x 560 mm, 28 x 22 inches (approximately)


Heavyweight, 130gsm (approx) but being handmade weights can vary a little. 


50 large sheets of handmade, natural white, 70gsm handmade paper with FREE SHIPPING 


Hatakami Prakrtika is handmade paper produced by the same family in the same way for generations and is used for printmaking, calligraphy and fine art. 

Note that the differences in the characteristics between western and eastern papermaking fibres means that gsm weight isn't directly comparible in terms of how heavy or thick the paper feels.  



This is the name of an ancient type of Nepalese papermaking fibre prized for its printmaking and drawing qualities. In Nepal it's known as Argeli.  


Unprocessed mistusmate papermaking fibre

Mitsumata fibre is harvested in the foothills of the Himalayas where it grows naturally and is recognised as one of the world's most underused natural resources.

Mitsumata is a prized in Japan where it's used to make the highest quality papers and in fact Nepalese mitsuamta is exported there where it's used to make their banknotes!


The fibre is found on the inside of the bark which is stripped, steamed, boiled and cleaned; the little bits of impurities removed by hand.

It's then put into a Naginata (a pulp beating machine with blades) to make the pulp and transferred to a tub with water.

Sheets are formed by hand, one by one. A mould is dipped into the tub and the pulp evenly distributed across it. The wet sheets are transferred on top of one another until a large pile has been made.

Once the large pile (known as a post in traditional papermaking terms) of wet sheets have been made they're placed under a hydraulic press are to remove excess water. Each sheet is then individually brushed onto a steel sheet and put outside to dry in the sun. 

Once dry they are removed and pressed flat which creates the smooth parchment like surface.


Mitusmata yields a beautifully smooth, dense, parchment like surface and has excellent absorbency for inks. When used when western inks it produces a wonderful flat, matte finish. Interestingly it also has insect repelling qualities and so will stand the test of time.  It doesn't need to be soaked but introducing some moisture for example from a mister can help.

Bhari is easy to work with and being very thick it's reassuring to handle especially to those of us more used to working with thicker western-made printmaking papers.

The only thing you have to watch for when handling Bhari is that it doesn't like to be rolled. Rolling can cause the surface to crack and so it must be kept flat at all times.





We forward your delivery details to the mill who will make your order ready. Packages are sent to Kathmandu once a week where they are then handed over to the courier firm, Speedex

A copy of the Speedex delivery note containing the tracking number will be emailed to you.

Speedex is yet to fully embrace live tracking technology and so whilst tracking info is provided please be aware that it can be very limited and often isn't updated for some time and in some cases not until it's been delivered! We ask for your patience. 

VPCo use Speedex to deliver to us from Nepal.

We have found it to be reliable if not wholly predictable. Our last delivery arrived in 7 days from dispatch but it can sometimes take up to 3 weeks. 

PLEASE NOTE  you MAY be liable to pay import/handling charges before or after delivery. 

This offer applies to customers in USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 

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