In this activity, youth will collect fibrous plant materials and create handmade paper.
The process of papermaking dates back to the 1st Egyptian Dynasty in 3,100 B.C, with their product papyrus, a nonwoven, plant based, fibrous sheet, which was created by hydrating and beating the material to facilitate bonding. Papermaking was then re-invented in China, but remained a well-kept secret for hundreds of years until 700AD when Arabs captured an entire village of Chinese papermakers! Over the centuries and across cultures, the art of papermaking has developed into a variety of rich traditions. These traditions continue today, with both mills and artists researching ancient techniques, new technology, and different plant fibers.