Paper is thought to have first been made in China in the early 2nd century AD. Paper is derived from the wood chip of trees. The wood chip is made into cellulose pulp which separates the wood fibres from each other. This pulp is then put onto a long wire screen to drain some of the water out. The leftover pulp on the wire starts to fuse together to form paper. This paper is then squeezed between rollers to reduce further moisture, though at this point it is still around 50% water. The pulp is therefore passed through many heated metal rollers that heat and dry the pulp, sealing the fibres and ultimately turning them into paper. Finally, the paper is pressed by iron rollers to ensure it is smooth before being left to dry. Paper is hugely versatile with a large array of uses. As well as being used for writing and printing, paper is used as packaging, in many cleaning products and in many industrial and construction processes.
Properties and qualities
Paper has a strong folding endurance so can be folded into many shapes. It is lightweight, can be dyed any colour and produced in any size and thickness.
How does it feel?
Paper feels soft, fragile and textural.
We recommend keeping paper products out of direct sunlight to prevent discolouration. Paper lamps can be wiped with a clean cloth to get rid of dust. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your paper product.