1 Feb 2010

Palm Leaf

The bookmark with a wooden dolphin made from palm leaf, received from Thailand.

In South Asia, palm leaf is used primarily for craftwork and printing. Since paper had not been invented over the past two thousand years, the only writing material naturally available was palm leaf. In Shri Lanka, in 95 BC, Buddhist teachings were initially written on palm leaves. As such, palm leaf is considered sacred and respected throughout the region.

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