what was ancient chinese paper made of?(great invention)

The invention of paper is China’s great contribution to the world. Chinese people began to make paper more than 2,000 years ago.

Before the invention of paper, the Chinese used to write on strips of wood and bamboo, or cloth and silk

While language is the carrier of human civilization, paper is the carrier of written language. The Chinese invented their system of written language in 2700 BC. Before the invention of paper, the Chinese used to write on strips of wood and bamboo, or cloth and silk. Problems with wooden blocks and flattened bamboo were they took up too much space, while cloth and silk were no cheap commodities. There arises the need for a more economical and convenient alternative.

Why was paper made in ancient China

The invention of paper greatly helped the spread of literature and literacy, making books more convenient to use and cheaper. … Paper was so highly valued in ancient China that it was used to pay tribute and taxes to the state during the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE).The production of paper in China has promoted the development of human civilization, from writing, recording and even currency

when did the chinese start making paper

who invented paper egypt or china?The first papermaking process was documented in China during the Eastern Han period (25–220 AD) traditionally attributed to the court official Cai Lun. During the 8th century, Chinese papermaking spread to the Islamic world, where pulp mills and paper mills were used for papermaking and money making.

How do you make paper like ancient China?

Early chinese paper was made from the bark of the mulberry tree. The bark fibers were broken and pounded into a sheet. Later, the Chinese discovered that one could make higher quality paper by adding hemp rags and old fish nets to the pulp.

In ancient China, general steps of papermaking are:
1. Soak plant fibers (like hemp, tree barks, old rags, etc.) in water, and beat and grind them to a slurry.
2. Strain the slurry through a cloth sieve/screen attached to a frame, leaving a mat of randomly interwoven fibres on the screen.
3. Let the mat of fibres dry out to make paper.

First step in paper-making project
Begin by getting a sheet of newspaper, and let them cut or tear it into small pieces, about 1/2 inch square. Then soak the pieces in water, until they are very squishy. Stir them around so they totally disintegrate into sludge. You can make the paper different colors by adding a drop of food coloring to the water.

Second step: window-screens
Now, take window-screens (or small pieces of window-screen) and dip them into the newspaper sludge until they are covered, and carefully lift them back out again. Set the screens in the sun until the paper is dry, and then you should be able to peel it off the screen.

For further discussion
That’s basically all there is to making paper. You may want to discuss whether this is how paper is made today, and how the modern process is the same or different (can they find out using the Internet?). It would be interesting to calculate the area of the newspaper sheet they each started with, and the area of the paper they made with it – which is bigger? Why? Is there any difference in the weight?

You might also investigate whether pens will write well on their paper, and try adding things to the water to make the paper easier to write on. One common additive is powdered chalk.

Who first made paper?

The first papermaking process was documented in China during the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 AD) traditionally attributed to the court official Cai Lun. During the 8th century, Chinese papermaking spread to the Islamic world, where pulp mills and paper mills were used for papermaking and money making.

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My name is Yelang, I love my country. I love Chinese history, Chinese culture and Chinese food, I want to share my story to friends all over the world. Truly, without any political bias, let you know my motherland. For this reason, I have traveled all over China's 20 + provinces and visited more than 100 + cities. At the same time, I read a lot of books and articles, and let you know through the website of sonofchina. At the same time, I hope to get to know friends all over the world and know different countries in the world through sonofchina.So, if you have any questions, please let me know.

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