18 October 2010 § Leave a comment

Albrecht Dürer - Rhinoceros woodcut, 1515

(Dutch: houtsnede, French: Estampe, German: Holzschnitt) Mankind has used wooden blocks to make impressions on different kinds of material for over fourthousand years. The earliest known piece of printed fabric dates from the fourth century AD, and by the sixth century the techique was widely applied, especially, but not solely, in Egypt. With the invention of paper in China around 100 AD a new material for printing with wooden blocks became available. However, it was not until the seventh century that the Chinese started using wooden blocks to print on paper on a large scale.
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