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Re: [BKARTS] Cialux & Iris (rayon paper backed) bookcloth

On Jul 28, 2004, at 2:59 PM, Peter Verheyen wrote:

..... Strength, it's not terrific, but for books getting "normal" use,
including nice editions it's no worse than a nice paper......

On Jul 28, 2004, at 4:39 PM, Carol Pratt wrote:

  ......... Some are incredibly weak and will wear out the corners
very quickly.  Others are pretty durable ............

I'd like to add my "two cents" to this worthy discussion:
These natural finished book cloths are certainly the perfect solution
for the special bindings that we produce. They provide that wonderful
textual feeling that cannot be obtained with any of the other book
covering materials that are starch-filled or acrylic-coated.
Many of you have written about the problems of keeping these bookcloths
looking good --- protecting it from waterspots, scratches, wearability,
etc. I have experienced some of the same.  However, an additional
concern is longevity.
It is my understanding from talking with textile conservators, that
Rayon is not a very good fabric/fiber for longevity. I have not heard a
"number of years" ( ---- such as, the 25 years that has been suggested
for silk).
Book cloths made with Rayon have only been available for the past...
what ?15? years or so. We should not be misled by our observation that
a book cover still looks good after only a few years. Since we spend a
good amount of time to prepare a book  (design, print, bind and cover),
shouldn't we want it to look good for as long as possible?

A number of years ago, there was some discussion about the book cloths
that were available. Since then, a new cloth has come on the market,
but while it is very strong, it still does not fulfill my needs for
appearance. Reluctantly, I continue to use Rayon for some projects.

I wish that we, as hand bookbinders, could find a manufacturer who
shared our(my) concern for a strong, long-lasting book cloth, that is
also attractive and durable. Wouldn't a polyester fiber be better for
this purpose?
Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA  16695
Fax:   814-793-4045
Email:    wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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