A fine, white parchment made from untanned goatskin. Skins for vellum typically come from newborn or stillborn animals. Vellum is made by cleaning, dehairing, scraping and stretching the skin until a smooth, thin semitransparent page is obtained. The final smoothing step involves polishing with pumice or talc to create a smooth writing surface. Vellum is also made from calfskin and sheepskin.
Synonyms and Related Terms
vitela de cabra (Esp.); perkament van geit (Ned);