A world without paper is hard to imagine. We would have no books, no cardboard and no newspapers or magazines. The word paper comes from the term papyrus which was invented by the ancient Egyptians but paper as we know it today actually came from another source – China.
In 105 AD the chief eunuch of the Emperor, T’sai Lun experimented with a wide variety of materials. He refined the process of separating the fiber filaments of plants. He put these individual fibers into a large vat, boiled them in water, beat them and stirred them. Next, he submerged a screen in the vat and caught the fibers on its surface. When the sieve was taken out, a layer of pulp rested on top of it. When it was pressed and dried, it formed a thin, flexible yet strong paper.