Postponed - Paper Making Workshop

12:15 p.m., to 1:15 p.m. Monday, April 6
Room 310, Frable Building

This event has been postponed.

Paper is made by pressing moist fibers and drying them into flexible sheets. It is most commonly crafted from cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses. It is ordinarily used for printing, writing, and wrapping. Before the invention of paper, people wrote on leather, stone, clay, papyrus, bone, bamboo, and even silk. Paper, as we know it today, was invented in China in 105 AD during the Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD). Papermaking of that time used mulberry and other stem (or bast) fibers along with fishnets, old rags and hemp waste. More primitive methods of papermaking were used before that time, but Han Dynasty Chinese court official Cai Lun improved the method. Paper was used for wrapping even then, as well as for toilet paper, as bags for tea, and for money.