April 4, 2008, Newsletter Issue #113: Paper Making and Its History

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Paper making has been around since the Ancient Egyptians used papyrus and scrolls to write on. The actual making of paper has been credited to Tísai Lun from China. In 105 AD in an attempt to find a suitable substitute to the silk screens used as paper in China, Tísai was experimenting with different plan fibers in hopes of finding something else to use. It was during this experiment that Tísai came up with a method that used bamboo to make into paper. Tísai took the bamboo stems and separated them into fibers that were individualized and then mixed those fibers with water and spread them on a screen to dry. Paper was the result.

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