If the video above does not play, click the link to watch a 12 minute documentary about paper making in China today using the thousands years old technique. It’s in Chinese, but you should be able to follow it from the visuals alone.
82 years old Ma Jiucheng demonstrates how paper was made from scratch.
The tree barks which are only available in certain season have to be soaked in water, washed, cooked, hammered, grained, squeezed and cut into small pieces by a huge knife in order to make fine bulks to make paper. there are more than 70 processes involved and the result is a kind thin but strong paper used for ink painting and calligraphy.
At the end of the show, the man was asked if he is angry about the fact that no young people want to stay in the village to learn and inherit this ancient craft. he answered: “Not at all, It is hard to live on this, they have their choices, I, however, will carry on.”