Vellum

Vellum is the skin of a young animal such as a lamb or calf, that is keenly prepared to use as the ground or surface for a painting and for writing. The term vellum actually stems from the French word, ‘veau’ and it refers to a parchment made from calf skin. In the Middle Ages, vellum was used for the production of books. Due to its enduring qualities, vellum was also adopted in the legal systems of Europe and used for inscribing contracts, drafting bills and penning a plethora of important legal and religious documents.







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