Japanese vellum

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Japanese vellum


A thick, ivory-color, semi-translucent paper that resembles Vellum. Produced in Japan, Japanese vellum is contains long fibers obtained from the interior bark of a tree. It is a very tough, durable, and wear resistant paper. Japanese vellum is used for diplomas and specialty papers. A poorer quality imitation vellum paper, called japon, is made by acid treating ordinary paper.

Synonyms and Related Terms

vellum paper; imitation vellum; vegetable vellum; torinoko; japon

Resources and Citations

  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
  • A Glossary of Paper Conservation Terms, Margaret Ellis (ed.), Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York City, 1998
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937