Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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silk gauze

A very thin. transparent. strong, finely meshed silk cloth, which is used in archival work for reinforcing paper and other materials. Pure silk is one of the strongest materials available for reinforcing paper, and is almost invisible when properly applied. It is stronger than either Japanese copying paper or lens tissue, but its permanence is much less than that of a high quality paper because it tends to deteriorate relatively quickly. especially if exposed to natural light. Deterioration proceeds even more quickly if the adhesive used to attach the silk contains alum as a preservative. The use of silk gauze in archival work has declined over the years in favor of various cellulose products, e.g., CELLULOSE ACETATE . (237 )

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