Paper is one of the inventions that has shaped the world we live in. Ever since the written form of communication came into existence, man has tried to write on almost everything – from stone to bark, leaves, bamboo, metal, but nothing seemed just right. Papyrus was used for almost 3000 years before the next writing surface was invented.
In 105 AD a nobleman named Ts’ai-Lun, from Lei-yang in China, was resourceful enough to combine bamboo and mulberry, to create what we know today as paper. It was the most versatile writing surface until then. It was made from easily available natural raw materials. It was smooth, lightweight and easy to make.
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