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Building on this idea, in the Sui Dynasty (581-618AD) there developed the practice of carving text on a wooden board, which was then covered in ink, and then it was printed page by page onto sheets of paper.

This became known as block printing, and was very similar in concept to the Chinese seal.

Another vital ingredient was birch leaves, from which the mucilage was drained out for strengthening the paper, and giving it evenness and smoothness.

All the fibrous material, once softened, was beaten into a pulp which was said to be rather like porridge, and the birch leaf extract was added. The great thing about Chai Lun's invention was that his paper could be mass-produced.

It took a thousand years after its invention for proper paper to reach Europe.

But it did not reach Britain until around 1490, when the first known paper mill in England was built in 1490.

Paper gradually spread from China, reaching Korea in the 3rd century AD.

It was brought to Japan around 610 AD, and then moved to Vietnam and India at the beginning of the 6th century.

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We think you'll find our orgasm erotica rather special.Xuan paper is used in Chinese painting and calligraphy because of its smoothness and durability, and its whiteness. The second great invention, which goes closely hand in hand with paper, was printing.The only significant difference between the paper you print on from your computer and the Chinese paper is the 'filler' we now use to make the paper really smooth. Before printing was invented, knowledge could only be passed on my word of mouth, or by extremely expensive handwritten manuscripts.Not only was it expensive, but it was slow, and there was no guarantee each copy would be the same.

As early as 2000 years ago, in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-25AD) a form of printing had been developed.

This was stone-tablet rubbing, very similar to brass rubbing in principle.