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Re: Raffia

"Wraphia" by Berwick industries is a great alternative to the real thing. It
is very strong and comes in a wide variety of colors in pearlized and
natural. I used it for a bookbinding workshop this spring and they were kind
enough to sample me all that I needed for the workshop. If they don't sell
retail, I am sure they will help you find a dealer. The number is:

Karen Thomas
Santa Barbara CA

>From: Suhag Shirodkar <Suhags@AOL.COM>
>Reply-To: "Book_Arts-L: READ THE FAQ at http://www.dreamscape.com/pdverhey"
>Subject: Raffia
>Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 10:35:38 EDT
>Good morning all:
>I use raffia to make Japanese style bindings. I used to find long, strong,
>natural - colored raffia at Michaels, the craft store. Yesterday I went in
>replenish my stock and found only short clippings. Their raffia seemed like
>it had been treated with some strong chemicals because it was extremely
>Any ideas on where I could find the good kind? Also, are there any
>substitutes for raffia - natural materials which still have the same look?
>Thank you my friends,

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