Paper jewellery is an extremely innovative and environment-friendly jewellery item, which is gaining customer appreciation. It is usually made from recycled paper and water and is also very easy to manufacture. The process of making paper beads is a labour-intensive one. Therefore, many entrepreneurs in this industry are employing underprivileged women for this, thus paving the way for their upliftment and empowerment.
The process of paper bead making is somewhat lengthy and requires much labour. At the outset, the paper for the bead has to be rolled into the needed shapes, and then it should be glued. After the bare beads are made, these are then coloured, decorated, and then waterproofed by triple coating the bead with varnish. After the beads are made, these are incorporated into a neck-piece, bracelets, or any other accessory. The entrepreneurs improvise the designs and models according to the prevailing season and the moods of the customers.
Paper jewellery has many advantages, the main ones being affordability and easy availability. The main reasons for the popularity of this jewellery are that it is light in weight, and users will not have to suffer any allergic reactions. There is another plus point of paper jewellery. It can be made in any shape and size; this means that paper can be quilled to make varieties of pieces other than beads, like coils, leaves, etc. Also, since it is made from recycled paper and water, it is bio-degradable. However, one has to keep in mind that it may not be as durable and long-lasting as ordinary metal or ceramic jewellery.