Deccana is the sole distributer of Zó Project paper in North America.
We took on this task and started this company because we believe Zó Project Paper represents the symbolic pinnacle of all things good on earth. It is a philosophy, not a profit venture.
We must remember that the earth is our home and we must exist in a manner that maintains the long term balance that guarantees our home will provide those things that are needed for us to survive.
Zó Project is the dream of Tran Nhung. Nhung wanted to do something significant for both her culture and the earth to hopefully create a living example of what we should all consider when we make our own daily life choices. Her hope is that other cultures will look into there own past and retrieve and restore the remnants of more responsible production of natural goods while giving meaning, livelihood and gratification to those with limited opportunity in this modern world.
Nhung’s company is producing the finest handmade paper on earth. Each piece exudes the spirit of those that participated in bringing it to life. Those artisans that have worked with this paper are embraced by it and made better by the experience.
Nhung’s dedicated artisans produce this paper with only their hands. No machinery. Everything is naturally occurring and renewable. There are no additives, no chemicals, and no harmful waste. Everything in the process is used and becomes a useful product without harming the land, air or water.
Due to the fact that this the paper is completely natural, it can be returned to it’s original slurry with water and reformed into another shape. It can be wetted and worked into other paper projects adhering to recycled papers. As an example, it can be used as the outer layer of Paper Mache Projects where a very high quality outer finish is required.
To help you understand Zó Project Paper Products and select the best matches for your own use we can describe the offering simply as follows-
"The weights of these papers is very deceiving. They are lighter and stronger than expected based upon actual weight and the heaviest textured papers are amazingly strong even when wet.”,
These papers have incredible texture and are a delight to handle, they feel good in your hands. We have seen no other paper that uniformly take paints, inks, dyes, watercolors or images with such clear separation, clarity, and vibrancy. Even those with heavy texture and character will perform within this description except as noted on their offering page.
The base plants that go into the paper are Do and Duong plants. These can be described as different types of starting points in a recipe, like cookie dough and cake batter.
Each plant recipe is produced in plain versions in different “weights” by the number of layers or “lays” that are pressed together to form the final paper product. So, you can have a very lightweight single “lay” paper or heavier papers with several “lays” compressed. Simply one lay, two lay, three lay, and so on.
As the number of “lays” increase and the “recipe” changes slightly, some of the multiple lay papers develop unique patterns or characters within the multiple layers. Each paper develops new character and serves a different artist as the recipe changes.
After the simple recipes comes those papers that have other natural plants broken down and added as “dyeing” agents to give those selections delicate pink, blue, and yellow hues. There are a couple of selections that add naturally occurring and processed plants to “whiten” or “lighten” the colors. There are also several recipes that add naturally occurring and processed plants that add patterns and character to the paper.
There are several “archival papers” offered. These are called 700 year papers because the original natural process was used for Imperial Documents and were meant to last an eternity.
We also have available several finished goods, such as notebooks, wall hangings, and decorative items that are hand made using the same methods and considerations described here. They are great to give as gifts (even to yourself) that will surely will be treasured by the recipient who appreciates what they are.
Water, pulp from the pevious beat, and “mò” (paper dispersants) are combined in a paper-making vat thoroughly mixed with a bamboo stick.
The bamboo screen (liềm seo) is shaken back and forth to spread the solution evenly over the screen, to intertwine fibers and make layers. The thickness varies as the mat has been shaken numerous times. Draining off water. When the layers have the desired thickness, the excess water and paper solution are drained off from the mat.