Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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bast fibers

Strong woody fibers obtained from both the phloem and pericycle of various plants, and used in the manufacture of paper. Bast fibers, which include those of hemp, jute, mitsumata, and ramie, among others, are generally thinner than cotton fibers but their tubes have thicker walls than does cotton. Bast fibers are also generally stiffer and stronger than cotton fibers. (17 , 42 , 198 )

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