The light material of silk was sometimes used as a recording medium, but was normally too expensive to consider.
The Han dynasty Chinese court official Cai Lun (ca.
During the Song dynasty (960–1279) the government produced the world's first known paper-printed money, or banknote (see Jiaozi and Huizi).
Paper money was bestowed as gifts to government officials in special paper envelopes.
It is lucky chance that the date of CE 105 was recorded, because Cai Lun, the official involved, who seems to have introduced some improvements in paper manufacture, worked at the palace as a eunuch.
Yet just because the new technology was not trumpeted at the time does not mean that it had no effect.
During the Tang dynasty (618–907) paper was folded and sewn into square bags to preserve the flavor of tea.
The first papermaking process was documented in China during the Eastern Han period (25-220 C.
After printing was popularized during the Song dynasty the demand for paper grew substantially.
In the year 1101, 1.5 million sheets of paper were sent to the capital.
The innovation is a type of paper made of mulberry and other bast fibres along with fishing nets, old rags, and hemp waste which reduced the cost of paper production, which prior to this, and later, in the West, depended solely on rags.
During the Shang (1600–1050 BC) and Zhou (1050-256 BC) dynasties of ancient China, documents were ordinarily written on bone or bamboo (on tablets or on bamboo strips sewn and rolled together into scrolls), making them very heavy, awkward, and hard to transport.
50–121) is credited as the inventor of a method of papermaking (inspired by wasps and bees) using rags and other plant fibers in 105 CE.