Reemay

Images and text by Garry Harrison,
Head, Circulating Collections Conservation,
Indiana University Libraries Preservation Department


Reemay

Reemay is a spun polyester fiber sheet material. It repels the adhesion of wheat starch paste. And because its fiber orientation is such that it allows the migration of water and water vapor through its thickness (and, specific to our use, into blotter paper), it serves as an excellent adhesive mask for flat paper mending, which is its primary use here in our lab. It is available in different thicknesses, from the gossamer-thin, cobweb-like variety shown in the illustration to a more substantial and thus more opaque material. The thicker material is actually the one more commonly used, but the thinner type better serves the purpose of illustrating the character of its fiber structure.


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