Became known in the 1960s by various ecological groups in their campaign for the recycling of urban waste. The fundamental component is cellulose, and the use of this, whether it is from used paper, vegetable fibre or rags, enables us to obtain quality paper with different textures and colours, according to the materials used. It is of a semi-rigid consistency.
Was developed about 300 year BC in the city of Pergamo, in Asia Minor. The product is of a natural origin, and was originally made from the dried hides of sheep, goat, pig and asses. The secret of the fabrication of parchment has been handed down over the length of time, and nowadays is done by a careful process of tanning and pressing. Even though parchments obtained from different animals vary in their texture (the cow’s, for example, is tougher than that of the foal or goat) they all suffer slight alterations (stretching or shrinking) according to the ambient humidity and temperature. Another characteristic of parchment is, as it is a natural product, each panel or length show the characteristics of each animal and for this reason we cannot find two the same.
Of a similar appearance to parchment, fabricated from vegetal fibre, treated chemically.
CLOTH, LINEN AND SYNTHETIC RICE-PAPER
These are materials with a rigid and matching texture, similar to synthetic parchment, with a polypropylene base treatment.
The origin of silk is very old, beginning as far back as the third millennium BC, and originates in China. It is a natural fibre, which is obtained from cocoons produced by larvae. These are unwound in threads, which are later spun and spooled to finally be dyed different colours. Their texture is soft, like gauze.
The name probably comes from the city of Gaza in Palestine. It is a silk weave, which is extremely light and transparent, with an open weave. Frequently used in decoration as from the nineteenth century.
Was used during the nineteenth century for underwear and in the twentieth century became fashionable for blouses, jackets, skirts and other clothes. It is a textile obtained from the stalk of the plant of the same name. It has a strong and smooth surface, and varies in weight and texture.
This is a light weight fabric, made from wool, cotton, silk, rayon or other synthetic fibres, and is similar to chiffon. There is also a crepe version with a dull finish. It is soft in texture.
CARE AND MANTENANCE
In all cases we recommend periodic dry cleaning to avoid the accumulation of dust, with either a cloth or a feather duster. For plastified fabrics and synthetic parchment, it is convenient to also use a damp cloth or even a small amount of alcohol, but not in excess. For silk, gauze, linen and georgette, a soft bristled brush is useful.
The samples and the real products can possibly vary in colour.
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