Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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paste drying

A method of curing freshly flayed hides or skins by means of a watery paste of natural salty earth (see: KHARI ) rubbed into the skin on the flesh side. This treatment rapidly draws water from the skin, resulting in a quick cure. The salts also have a bacteriostatic effect so that drying need not be as thorough as in the case of air drying. Paste-dried stock is also easier to rehydrate than that which is air dried. Paste drying as a method of curing has been used for centuries and is still employed in India, Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey. (291 )

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