The art behind Barichara’s all-female artisanal paper making

Created in 2001 with the aim of financially supporting single-parent women, Fundación San Lorenzo‘s paper-making factory is today the number one employer in Barichara, Columbia – and a lifeline for women in search of a job.

In a town where work is scarce and opportunities few, the four-month-long process of making paper from fique – a natural fiber that grows in the leaves of the Andean fique plant – has become the vital organ of Barichara’s female working community.

Click here for a glimpse into what it takes to make these precious sheets from nothing but natural resources, an old tobacco press, and the willpower of 11 women.

Beautiful artisanal paper made from 100% natural materials – and without the use of a single piece of modern machinery.


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