What is the French equivalent of `chewed paper'?
A form of papier-mch had existed in China for hundreds of years until a much stronger version (including glue) was patented by Henry Clay of Birmingham England in 1702.
It was a common technique for making dolls in the 19th century, before plastics became available. Piatas are an example, as is one of the papal tiaras. Constructing papier-mch is a common craft used to entertain children.