The technique for crushing the paper seems to have involved a machine like the one below.
Sheets of paper were first dampened and interleaved with textured sheets of paper to introduce the creasing. These were wrapped vertically around the post before being crushed down the rod. The sheets would be removed, and smoothed out before being repositioned and the process repeated.
A simplified way of crushing paper which was traditionally used to wrap scrolls is detailed below (useful tip in the season of gift giving !)
|Wrap a thin sheet of paper tightly around a wooden ruler|
|Push the paper firmly down the ruler starting at the bottom|
|Smooth out the finished sheet........|
As we begin the Year of the Sheep we would like to wish everyone a peaceful and rewarding 2015