Invention of Paper

The first paper was invented in China around 140 B.C. It appears to have been made “from a suspension of hemp waste in water, washed, soaked, and beaten to a pulp with a wooden mallet. A paper mold, probably a sieve of coarsely woven cloth stretched in a four-sided bamboo frame, was used to dip up the fiber slurry from the vat and hold it for drying. Eventually, tree bark, bamboo, and other plant fibers were used in addition to hemp.” (Georgia Tech Museum of Papermaking)

gutenberg bible

The Gutenberg Bible and the original draft of the Declaration of Independence were printed on hemp paper, and even our paper money contains hemp fiber.


Hemp paper is naturally acid-free, pliable, water resistant and lasts longer than paper made with wood pulp.




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