Posted on November 3, 2009
The paper is hand made by pressing the fibrous stalk of the water hyacinth plant(Eichhornia Crassipes) over craft paper.
Water hyacinth is a free-floating perennial aquatic plant. With broad, thick, glossy, ovate leaves, water hyacinth may rise above the surface of the water as much as one meter in height. The leaves float above the water surface. They have long, spongy and bulbous stalks. One of the fastest growing plants, It is known to double its population in two weeks. When not controlled, water hyacinth will cover lakes and ponds entirely; this dramatically impacts water flow, blocks sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, and starves the water of oxygen, often killing fish (or turtles).
In certain parts of India, paper and other products are being made from them.