Monday, June 9, 2008

What is Parchment?

Parchment is a paper-like material generally made of sheepskin. It was used for writing on before the introduction of documents or university diplomas are written till recent times on it because parchment is very long lasting.

Parchment is made rather like leather. The animal skin is scrapped to remove hair and flesh, and is cured in lime to dry and preserve it. Then it is rubbed with powered chalk to whiten and soften it.

An imitation parchment called vegetable parchment is made by treating paper with acid. Like real parchment, it is cream-colored and slightly transport.

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