Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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paddle dyeing

A method employed in dyeing the more fragile leathers, including bookbinding leathers, skivers, etc., that might otherwise be damaged by the vigorous mechanical action involved in drum dyeing. Paddle dyeing requires considerably higher ratios of dye solution to weight of leather than are used in drum dyeing, and utilizes the dyes less effectively; however, it does have the advantage that the leather is visible during dyeing and adjustments to shade and strength can be made continuously. (248 )

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