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.
Later Western improvements to the papermaking process came in the 19th century with the invention of wood-based papers.
The word "paper" is etymologically derived from papyrus, Ancient Greek for the Cyperus papyrus plant.
Papyrus is a thick, paper-like material produced from the pith of the Cyperus papyrus plant which was used in ancient Egypt and other Mediterranean cultures for writing long before the making of paper in China.In the pre-Columbian Americas, a type of early bark paper known as amate was used as a folded writing material for codices.