A paper that was originally treated and embossed to simulate the appearance and texture of animal parchment. Vegetable parchment is a tough translucent paper made from chemical wood pulp and/or cotton fibers. The fiber sheet is processed by immersion in a bath of sulfuric acid or zinc chloride to produce a semitransparent paper with low gloss. Vegetable parchment is resistant to grease and solvents and has high wet strength. It may be coated on one side with silica to produce a smooth, nonabsorbent printing surface. Vegetable parchment is used for greeting cards, letterheads, and stationery.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Pergamet; genuine parchment paper; parchment paper; Pergamyn; Papyrine
D. van der Reyden, C.Hofmann, M.Baker "Effects of Aging and Solvent Treatments on Some Properties of Contemporary Tracing Papers" JAIC 32:177-206, 1993.
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 582
- The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980