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Chinese Woman Making Paper By Hand Using Ancient Techniques

Paper is a white material primarily used for writing, first invented in ancient China.Although contemporary precursors such as papyrus and amate existed in the Mediterranean world and pre-Columbian Americas, respectively, these materials are not defined as true paper. The first papermaking process was documented in China during the Eastern Han period.

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The origins of handmade paper dates back to the early years of the Western Han Dynasty when the 2nd century BC, when our ancestors started making the most primitive paper from wood.I hope we can know how our ancestors used to make China the first country in the world to invent paper!

Youtuber Li Ziqi demonstrated the traditional Chinese art of making paper from scratch.Li showes each deliberate step involved in this beautiful process including tree cutting, stripping, drying , rehydrating, boiling, mashing it into a paste, and setting it into a form, creating a big beautiful sheet of paper.


The invention of paper greatly contributed to the spread and development of civilization.Before its invention, bones, tortoise shells, and bamboo slips were all used as writing surfaces.