Sunday, December 27, 2009

Papyrus, First Paper

Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) at the Sunken Garden, UP Diliman, QC

Papyrus grows extensively along the Nile River, its stems are made into paper by the Egyptians.
The ancient art of making papyrus paper is a tourist attraction in Egpyt. Historical events and art recorded on papyrus survive to this day. These were made during the time of the Pharoahs as far as three thousand years ago.

The plant is a wetland sedge (hydrophyte), and it resembles grass. Actually it is Cyperus (Family Cyperaceae), relative of the persistent weed, Cyperus rotundus, and cattail (Typha) which is woven into mats, carpets and decors. Ancient Egypt used this plant for boats, mattresses, mats, rope, sandals, and baskets.

Living with Nature 3, AVR

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