Papyrus Making 101: rediscovering the craft of making ancient paper  


Two thousand years ago, papyrus was the most popular writing material in the world. Today, modern papyrus is used as a specialty writing material.

Slide Show
Watch the modern papyrus manufacturing process in action, from harvesting the reeds to burnishing the final sheet.


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This online exhibit is proudly presented by The University of Michigan Papyrus Collection.