Tissue paper

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Tissue paper at 50x


Any thin, semi-translucent paper. Tissue paper is lightweight and typically weighs less than 25 grams per square meter. They may be made with any type of paper pulp into a variety of forms from soft or glazed and buffered or unbuffered. Soft unglazed tissue papers are used for household supplies in the kitchen and bathroom. Other tissue papers are glazed to form thin sheets that are used for packaging and wrapping. High quality tissue papers, such as Japanese tissues, are used as protective sheets in museums for interleaving prints and separating textile layers. Buffered and acid-free tissue papers are used in archival storage.

Tissue paper at 100x

Synonyms and Related Terms

buffered tissue; acid-free tissue; papier de soie (Fr.); papier mousseline (Fr.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

Weighs less than 25 g/m2. In pounds, 12 and 18 are most common.

Resources and Citations

  • NPS Conserv O Gram 4/9: [[1]]
  • Rachael Perkins Arenstein, Lisa Goldberg, and Eugenie Milroy, ‘Support and Rehousing for Collection Storage’ In ‘Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage’ Lisa Elkin and Christopher A. Norris (eds.), Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, New York. 2019.
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 576
  • Marjorie Shelley, The Care and Handling of Art Objects, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1987
  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • 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
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937