Papyrea handmade paper mill is a family manufacture in the picturesque countryside foothill of Zdislava village, Northern Bohemia region. The family lives in the old wooden house with the paper studio in the backyard in a rebuilt old barn. They are making paper by hand from traditional textile fibers like flax, cotton and hemp. Paper is used for all kinds of stationery, like graphic and aquarelle paper, wedding invitations, diplomas, certificates, etc.
They are organizing creative workshops where you can learn ancient techniques of papermaking and bookbinding. In the upper floor, there is a stylish bedroom where you can stay during the workshop. It is also available most of the year as a guesthouse, where you have a unique opportunity to see all the “behind the scenes” details from the papermakers’ life. You can relax in a large garden or explore deep forests around.
Papermaker Michal is a former banker who turned to this profession after 14 years since he first made his paper during his travels in Israel. Established in 2013 when their son was born, living his dream with huge support of his wife Slavka, who runs a small letterpress studio.
Authors of the story/idea: Michal Gorec
Investors/owners: Michal and Slavka Gorec
Photos: Gorec family archive
Location: Zdislava village, Czech Republic
Project start: 2013
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