Cai Lun

Cai Lun

Cai Lun 蔡伦 - Inventor of modern paper-making process in China.

Cai Lun 蔡伦 - Il aurait perfectionné le procédé de fabrication du papier en Chine.

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  • Cai Lun inventing paper

    “In ancient times writings and inscriptions were generally made on tablets of bamboo or on pieces of silk called chih. But silk being costly and bamboo heavy, they were not convenient to use. Tshai Lun [Cai Lun] then initiated the idea of making paper from the bark of trees, remnants of hemp, rags of cloth, and fishing nets. He submitted the process to the emperor in the first year of Yuan-Hsing [+105] and received praise for his ability. From this time, paper has been in use everywhere and is universally called ‘the paper of Marquis Tshai.'” (official biography quoted by Marc Kurlansky - Paper: Paging Through History )

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