Vegetable parchment

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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

Resources and Citations

  • 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