Video: How parchment is made from animal skin

Here is the process of turning animal skin—hair and all!—into a piece of parchment that people can write on. It’s really interesting to see it limed and scraped and dried and cut to make a material that is completely different from when it first started.

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What’s this sort of thing used for? Curious what the benefit of this is over paper.