What is paper?
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia writes about this versatile and steeped in history material for example:
“Paper … of Latin papyrus, Ancient Greek πάπυρος, pápyros, ‘Papyrusstaude’- is a thin material produced by pressing together moist fibres of cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. It is a versatile material with many uses, including writing, printing, packaging, cleaning, and a number of industrial and construction processes.”
Originally, human beings wrote on different pads, on pieces of bark and wood, on bones, on clay fragments etc. up to parchment (nothing else than fine animal skin).
Parchment and paper, these are the most important writing materials of the past for us human beings. But the specialty lies within paper that came to Europe in 1150 via China, Syria and also Gibraltar.
The further development of paper made of tree fibers enables the most different usages.