The history of technology is always a history of culture and people, and nothing illustrates this better than the history of printing. Printing grew with cultures and societies, and the growth of the written word was also the growth of civilization.
The Beginning of Printing
Printing traces its origins to China, where printing first manifested itself as silk screen printing with a special writing brush. Silk was expensive, however, so the much more accessible paper made its debut in 105 AD. The first paper was made of hemp, mulberry bark, and old rags.