De Milo’s favorite paper for letterpress is anything that gives a “pillowy deep” impression and has a neutral pH balance for archival purposes. Kept in stock are several kinds useful for a variety of design styles. If you're planning a custom job and would like to know what De Milo has available, contact De Milo about getting samples mailed to you.
Perennial Paper is made by hand in De Milo’s studio. To make white and natural white we save the trimmings from Crane Lettra and other 100% cotton rag stocks. For natural beige we save fair trade Lokta. Then we grind it up, hand dip it and dry it. Some is even re-recycled as we return press misfeeds to the blender. The pronounced deckled edge gives it an antique look and feel. It has a lovely fluffy texture and is the best showcase for a deep impression.
Porridge Paper make beautiful handmade sheets. Read more online at www.porridgepapers.com
Crane Lettra has become the industry standard for letterpress. In De Milo’s studio the 110lb. and 220lb are frequently on the press. Read more online at www.letterpresspaper.com.
Sustain & Heal is De Milo’s line of fair trade certified papers (read more about the artisans here). Paper is made of local sustainable materials such as jute, water hyacinth, hemp and pineapple leaves. The marbling and screenprinting skills of the artisans are excellent and De Milo has worked with them to produce a specially made for letterpress handmade jute letterpress sheet.
Cards From Africa in Rwanda is a Fair Trade Certified business training center for youth orphaned as a result of disease, war, or genocide. Their main goal is to consistently provide employment, inspire with creativity, and teach valuable skills to youth so that one day they may start their own businesses if they choose. Employees work limited hours and earn an income that is three to five times higher than the average poverty level wage. They use this money to feed and clothe their younger brothers and sisters as well as purchase medicine and provide school tuition when needed. Their handmade paper is richly colored with a velvety cloth-like feel. Watch a BBC report on www.youtube.com or read more at www.cardsfromafrica.com.
in Kenya is a Fair Trade Certified organization where artisans who are HIV+ are “living positively.” The sale of their handmade papyrus paper supports their families, provides access to life-sustaining drugs and helps break down the stigma of AIDS in Africa. Read more online at www.imaniworkshops.org
was established in 1995 with the main objective of supporting the developing Nepalese traditional craft industry, thereby improving a family's standard of living in the rural and urban areas. NepalesePaper.com has supported the same group since the company was founded. All of their handmade paper items are entirely tree free and Fair Trade. Nepali handmade paper is made from the inner bark of a wild shrub locally known as "Lokta," which is found at altitudes of 7,000 to 9,000 feet. The “Lokta Bush” has characteristics of re-growing again and again after pruning. Ideal for letterpress, the long fibrous handmade paper is prized for its attractive texture, its durability, strength and its resistance to insects. Read more online at www.NepalesePaper.com
Fair trade certified Mr. Ellie Pooh saves elephants in Sri Lanka while saving the earth with elephant dung paper. No, it doesn’t stink! In fact, it doesn't smell like anything. Here's the story: Paper-making requires a big blender to pulp the fibers. Elephants are herbivores (they eat only plants) and Mr. Ellie Pooh uses the digestive system of the elephant rather than a blender to pulp the plant fibers. Pulp is sterilized naturally before creating a variety of richly colored papers. Read more online at www.mrelliepooh.com.
Neenah Environment 80lb. cover “PC 100” stock gives Sustain & Heal’s custom envelopes the best of all worlds—thick enough to hold a good letterpress impression, smooth enough for a calligrapher’s nib to not hang up mid-stroke and made from 100% Post Consumer Waste. Read more about this line’s high environmental production standards online at www.neenahpaper.com/environment.
Empire is 100% Post Consumer Waste made in the USA from recycled cotton clothing and textiles that have served their purpose for the end user (that means somebody wore and discarded it, not factory overruns that wouldn’t sell). Preparation includes removing buttons and seams by hand and segregating fabric by color. It is produced without chlorine, sulfites, caustic substances and other additives. Empire is an ideal 100% Post Consumer Waste stock because of its rich texture and clear creamy brightness. But it is still a product in development and is not as weighty as we would like for letterpress (though we still can get a decent impression). Read more about Empire online at www.archpaper.net
Italian made Arturo is an elegant paper that suits any formal or semi-formal occasion. The lightly textured surface and slight deckle give it a “handmade” feeling with a more refined look. Arturo is available in a wide variety of sizes (below) and colors Buttercream, Celadon, Lavender, Pale Blue, Pale Pink, Soft White, Stone Gray, and White. Blank Arturo is available for sale in our Blank Stationery Store.