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2020 | 14/3: Asian paper as writing support | 451-487

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Tonkin’s giấy dó1 and its Chinese roots



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There are various sources concerning the manufacture of Indochinese paper at the beginning of the 20th century: articles published in colonial magazines by engineers or by industrial managers working in Indochina, photographs and postcards taken by the colonial services; the work of Henri Oger, administrator of the French civil services stationed in Hanoi between 1912 and 1919; and during a later period and Dard Hunter’s book published in 1947, following a trip he made to Indochina. These sources provide a fairly precise idea of paper production and its social organisation in the region. This article presents the production of paper in the northern part of present-day Vietnam. It attempts to show the links between the Chinese and Tonkinese paper making.


  • Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University


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