Magnification of Plant Fibers

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The Museum's Chinese kites are likely made from a paper that combines plant fibers from the paper mulberry bush, straw, and bark from the blue Sandalwood tree, commonly called xuan. The top image are xuan fibers under 10x magnification, and, below, is a 10x magnification of the paper fibers used in the Museum's kites. 

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2016

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