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This paper was manufactured in over 40 villages in territory controlled by the Aztecs and then handed over as tribute by the conquered peoples. Most of the production was concentrated in the modern state of Morelos, where Ficus trees are abundant because of the climate.
This paper was assigned to the royal sector, to be used as gifts on special occasions or as rewards for warriors.
But it is not known who did the work, or how the labor was divided.
As a tribute item, amate was assigned to the royal sector because it was not considered to be a commodity.
Two more advantages stimulated the extensive use of bark paper: its light weight and its ease of transport, which translated into great savings in time, space and labor when compared with other raw materials.
Most are made of volcanic stone with some made of marble and granite.