100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#76
….beneath the surface…
Vellum from the Latin “vitulinum” meaning ‘made from calf.’ It is a translucent material produced from the hide of a young animal; used in the production of books and scrolls.
First it is washed with water, then with lime and soaked for a few days to soften and remove the hair. The skin has two distinct sides; the inside layer is lighter and delicate. The outer layer may still have hair follicles and some scarring. There is a membrane that shows the pattern of the animals vein network which is rubbed, so that just beneath the surface the ink will adhere well.