A demonstration on how papyrus is made!

Trip Start Jan 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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The Medea cruise ship

Flag of Egypt  , Nile River Valley,
Thursday, February 4, 2010

In late afternoon, we all left the M.S.Medea to be driven to a shop in nearby Luxor for our little demonstration on how the ancient Egyptian form of paper (papyrus) was made from the papyrus plant. The papyrus, being a tall water plant, grew wildly along the Nile River and was cultivated specifically for this purpose, for paper-making.

Upon entering the store, a huge selection of hand made paintings all drawn on original papyrus paper were displayed on the walls.  They were in various sizes and shapes and all had scenes of Egypt, Pyramids, Pharaohs and Temples. 

Making our way to the back of the shop, a young Egyptian local proceeded to explain and to demonstrate to us the process of it by cutting strips of the plant, laying them down in two layers, one layer running crosswise over the other.  The strips were then beaten and dried to form a laminated sheet.

It was quite interesting to learn this whole ancient process especially seeing the results first hand. 

We wandered around the shop for another half an hour in which people made several purchases of the drawings.  As for myself, two little paintings drawn on original papyrus were purchased as a souvenir.

Monique   :-)   
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