|Life Is Noteworthy. Southworth’s Parchment Specialty Paper conveys Old World distinctiveness and ceremony for special documents and occasions.
Get quality prints of certificates, invitations, announcements and other impressive forms with this specialty paper. The copper parchment finish produces a sophisticated appearance, while the 24-pound material delivers a high-quality feel. This Southworth specialty paper offers 500 sheets per box for easy stocking, while the acid-free, lignin-free design prevents ink from being lifted off printed pages, allowing for documents to be archived.
It is thought that various forms of parchment were in use as early as 1500 BC. It was originally made from the flesh side of animal skins. The skins were cooked in lime, stretched on a frame, scraped smooth to the desired thickness, sprinkled with chalk, rubbed smooth with a pumice stone and then dried. The finishing process smoothed and softened the leather as well as improved on the color of the finished product. While it is still used for some diplomas and public documents, most of what is called Parchment paper today is paper manufactured to emulate the original look.
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