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MFA# 1993.816


Amate paper

A contemporary term used in Central America for high quality paper made from mulberry tree fibers. he fibers scraped from inside the bark are boiled, then beaten and felted into sheets. They were often polished with stones to produce a smooth surface.

See also Amatl.

Synonyms and Related Terms

amate paper

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 574
  • Book and Paper Group, Paper Conservation Catalog, AIC, 1984, 1989
  • Silvie Turner, Which Paper?, Design Press, New York, 1991

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