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     (6) Who used amatl (amate)?

    Aztecs painted manuscripts on amate.  During colonial times, use of the the paper increased significantly. Because of this, production was stepped up.  The paper has been manufactured from pre-colonial times through the present.  Today, true amate is expensive and is a luxury for artists who can afford to buy the paper. The video at right describes the process as the Mayans used it, but the Aztecs used amatl similarly.