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I'm currently an Assistant Book Conservator at NEDCC, volunteering here as a wiki technical facilitator so that everyone can get their content up on pages with a minimum of hairpulling.

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Creating parchment at a Pergamena workshop

I thought I'd share an action shot of myself taken a few years ago at a Pergamena parchment making workshop. Who knew dyeing skin could be so much fun?

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1. Composition/Chemistry/Characteristics
2. Manufacture
3. Use in Book Manufacture (History and Techniques)
4. Preservation Concerns
5. Bibliography

1. Composition/Chemistry/Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Composition[edit | edit source]

  1. Fabric types
  • Muslin
  • Linen
  • Buckram
  • Canvas
  • Silk
  • Velvet
  1. Dye/Pigment

The Textiles Specialty Group is currently updating its page on spot tests for colorfastness which might be worth a look in the future.

  1. Backing
  2. Sizing
  3. Patterning/Decoration -
List of patterns:
  • bead-grains
  • bold wayvy-grain
  • dot-and-line patterns
  • sand-grain

2. Manufacture[edit | edit source]

3. Use in Book Manufacture (History and Techniques)[edit | edit source]

  • History of Use (1820's on)

4. Preservation Concerns[edit | edit source]

  • Water
  • Insects
  • Mold

5. Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Books discussing cloth production and usage in bookbinding include:

John Carter's Binding Variants...
Andrea Krupp's Bookcloth in England and America 1823-50

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