ragContrary to popular opinion, money does grow on trees, because money is made of paper, and paper is made of leaves or wood, which grows on trees. But there was a time when this phrase was technically true down to the letter. This was during a time when paper wasn’t made from plants, but from rags.

Historically, this doesn’t make sense considering everyone from the Ancient Egyptians and the Chinese used some sort of plant life as the main ingredient in making their own versions of paper. But it turns out that nobody got the full story. The people at http://theragmancompany.com are adamant that plants were only part of the original papermaking recipe.

Ragtime

The confusion begins when people learn that the Egyptians made papyrus by pounding mats of reed together, and simply assume that every method of papermaking went the same way. This is quickly disproven by the Chinese version of paper, invented by Ts’ai Lun, which used hemp, used fishing nets, and rags.

The resulting product was stronger and easier to make than the Egyptian papyrus, saving both Chinese literature and the economy. Before Ts’ai Lun’s invention, everything in China was written on silk, which didn’t encourage the spirit of doodling. The Middle Kingdom would keep the secret of paper for six hundred years until the Arabs captured a couple of paper makers. These artisans exchanged their knowledge for their freedom, and papermaking went international.

Regression and Rebirth

The importance of paper wasn’t lost on anyone in Central and Western Asia, and the practice quickly spread to Europe. The improvement of papermaking practices got a jump-start as more people did it, and mills began using linen instead of rags to improve product quality.

Unfortunately, people for some reason went back to using parchment when the Christians took over the paper mills. In fact, the first Bible printed on the Guttenberg press was on parchment, which needed three hundred sheepskins. Not even all the sheep in Europe could hope to feed the demand for a mass-production of Bibles.

Luckily, entrepreneurs rediscovered paper and how affordable it was to make. This effectively saves the Guttenberg press, as well as assures the continued development of Western education, which is great.

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