How Papyrus/paper was made
May 29, 2008 2:37am CST
I would like to share with you this fact that I came to know today.This is about how paper came into being. Papyrus was made from the stem of the papyrus plant which grew in the Nile delta region in egypt. To form scrolls,several pieces of papyrus were stuck together.Papyrus continued being in use until it was replaced by parchment. After cultivation of papyrus,the stem was cut into several thin lengths using a sharp tool.These lengths were laid next to each other and layers were placed on top at right angles.A piece of cloth was laid on top and was hammered gently to brake down the fibres. The Papyrus was left to dry slightly then rubbed smooth with a stone.