How We Make Parchment

Parchment is untanned animal hide that has been dried under tension. It makes an excellent writing surface and has been used for writing since long before the advent of paper. Many well-known historical documents are written on parchment — and some of those are reproduced by Pergamena. Parchment is more durable and long-lasting than paper, and the intrinsic uniqueness of each skin makes it a fascinating material for many applications.

At Pergamena, our production methods are based on years of research, in addition to an inherent talent for working with skins, and our own creative ingenuity. We are continually developing new ideas to create the most useful, highest quality product.

How We Make Leather

People have been making and using leather since the dawn of civilization. In earlier times, leather figured prominently in developing technologies and mechanics. Since the creation of synthetic materials, leather is most often found in the aesthetic realms of fashion and bookbinding. Leather’s prized durability is a result of tanning, or the use of tannins, to alter the protein structure of a skin, which prevents it from being susceptible to bacteria and decay.

Richard E. Meyer & Sons proudly operates a complete tannery, using a traditional vegetable tannage. Not only is it environmentally safe, it also yields a distinctively supple leather, perfect for bookbinding, tooling, and gilding. The entire process takes about one month from raw hide to final trimming and measuring.