Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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nap side

The soft, fibrous surface of a leather or cloth, as opposed to the smoother reverse side, i.e., the grain side of a leather. The term is usually applied to velvet cloth and ooze or suede leathers to indicate the face of the material. Normally, the side opposite the grain side of a leather is termed the "flesh side." (102 , 256 )

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