The Woodlanders’ Workshop San Cristóbal de la Casas, Chiapas The Taller Leñateros (The Woodlanders’ Workshop) started in 1975. It is a group of Mayan and mestizo men and women who create handmade paper using ancient techniques and dyes. They use the paper to make books about their history, their stories, and their culture. This woman is telling about what kinds of paper are made here. This is the inside of a banana leaf. It can be scraped out and used to make paper. Cardboard is taken from garbage trucks and soaked to make a pulp. You can also use parts of plants to make a pulp. She is tearing up used office paper to recycle and make new paper. After the paper is soaked for a long time, it gets really soft. A real “recycling” machine is used to get water out of the pulp. These women are making pieces of paper by drying the pulp on a screen and adding flowers. She is adding flower petals to make the paper more interesting and beautiful. The paper is almost ready to be dried. This is paper made from different plants such as coconuts, maguey, and banana leaves. This workshop also makes books. These are the covers for a new children’s book about jaguars. The papers are dyed many different colors and used for very special projects. Wouldn’t you like to try to make your own paper?