Paper is one of the most versatile, most unique, artful products
available to us today. But the road that paper took from invention
to current iteration is a twisting, turning path that tracks the
development of modern society.
The first paper wasn’t paper as we know it; it was, instead, a
plant-based product created by the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks.
Its use and its creation spread from there, with other societies
and regions using additional plant materials until it finally
reached Europe, where people relied on animal skins.
Manufacturers always had an eye on paper: how to make more of it,
how to streamline the process. They’d work on it for several
centuries until the 1800s when water, wood, and factories became
the prime producers and materials in paper creation.
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